Other horsemen agreed. "It's an absolute joke," said McGaughey. "If it was up to me, I wouldn't want to participate." But it isn't up to him, and owner Ogden Phipps has said nothing about holding Polish Navy out of the Breeders' Cup. Gulch will likely be at Hollywood Park, too, even though trainer LeRoy Jolley said, "It's really too late. It was difficult enough to make it for November 1st [last year's Breeders' Cup date], and when you extend it another three weeks, that makes it very difficult."
What will happen if Java Gold wins the Jockey Club Gold Cup and skips the Breeders' Cup? Can he still win the year's top honors? "I think so," said Miller after his trip to the Belmont winner's circle. "Gosh, I don't see how anybody else could possibly win." And that was a pessimist speaking.