A look into the future
Sure, it promises to be a terrific race, for spectators and punters alike, a race that could produce a thrill and a windfall simultaneously, and so it's one of those races that insistently entice you out to the track even if your car's in the shop and you have to bum a ride from your sister-in-law. And the Suburban could exceed all that. It could be -- and the expectation here is that it will be -- one of the most telling races of the year.Five months from now, we might look back on Saturday's Belmont feature as if it were the Soothsayer Handicap or the Clairvoyant Stakes. Think of this race as an old woman in modest but colorful dress, with a scarf drawn tightly over her head, peering into a crystal ball or at an ancient Ouija board, or perhaps riffling through a deck of Tarot cards. And then imagine her answering your questions, for that indeed is what the Suburban might provide, along with a glimpse at a sliver of the future: answers to some significant questions.
Could Buffum, who flashed potential as a juvenile but then squandered most of his 3-year-old season in a Dubai sojourn, possibly be this good?
With Kentucky Derby preference based on points rather than earnings, racetracks are suddenly free to allocate more purse money to older horses.