Regardless of what happens in the Classic, in which Pleasant Tap's primary competition could come from European star St. Jovite (both horses are sons of Pleasant Colony), Speckert has apparently convinced Evans to race Pleasant Tap as a 6-year-old next year. Asked how long Pleasant Tap might keep going, Speckert laughed outside Belmont's Barn 8 on Saturday night and cast an affectionate gaze at his gutty campaigner. "If he gets old enough," Speckert said, "he might come back and run in the Breeders' Cup steeplechase. He's bloody good. In fact, he's amazing."