No trainer has been hotter this fall than Englishman John Hammond, 31, who trains in France. Just a couple of weeks ago he almost pulled off a rare international double, saddling Suave Dancer to win the Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe and finishing second by a neck with Dear Doctor in the Turf Classic at Belmont Park.
He sends out royally-bred Goofalik in the Budweiser International. Although still unproven in Grade I company, the 4-year-old colt seems to fit the 10 furlongs perfectly and should finish fast with Angel Cordero Jr.
Still, the quixotic Algenib is a South American champion who looks superb and is the horse to beat.