Lido Palace, winner of the grade I Whitney and Woodward, will make his next start in the $2.3 million Japan Cup Dirt on Nov. 24, trainer Bobby Frankel confirmed Thursday morning. Frankel had originally been pointing Lido Palace for the Japan Cup Dirt, but when it was reported that Breeders' Cup Classic winner Tiznow was a possibility for the Clark Handicap at Churchill Downs, Frankel changed his plans in the hope of meeting the defending Horse of the Year.
But Tiznow's owner Michael Cooper said the Clark was never under consideration. When the announcement was made this week that Breeders' Cup Turf winner Fantastic Light had been retired and would not run in the $4.3 million Japan Cup (on turf, the following day), Frankel made the decision to send Timboroa for the Japan Cup and Lido Palace for the Japan Cup Dirt.
"I originally wasn't going to send Timboroa," Frankel said. "But when I found out Fantastic Light wasn't running, and that the field was coming up pretty light, I figured I might as well take a shot for four million. And as long as I was going anyway, I might as well take Lido Palace. He'll be running mainly against Japanese and Southern Hemisphere horses.
"Lido Palace had his first work since coming down with a fever (on the morning of the Breeders' Cup) and looked good, just going an easy six furlongs in around 1:15. I'll work him again on the 10th and I expect him to go seven furlongs in around 1:25. He's scheduled to leave for Japan on the 13th and arrive there on the 15th. He'll be there for nine days, so I'll have to work him again after he arrives."
Frankel said Jerry Bailey will ride both Lido Palace and Timboroa. "I feel bad for Edgar (Prado, Timboroa's regular rider), but there's no sense sending two riders if Bailey's already going to be there," Frankel said.
On the European front, Aidan O'Brien said Wednesday that Breeders' Cup Turf runner-up Milan will not run in the Japan Cup, and will be put away for the year. At Newmarket, Golan, winner of the Two Thousand Guineas, completed his Japan Cup preparations with a strong gallop for trainer Michael Stoute, who has won the Japan Cup with Singspiel and Pilsudski. Following the race, Golan likely will be retired to Coolmore Stud.