2022 Jockey Club Gold Cup Cheatsheat
By TwinSpires Editorial Team, Sponsored Content

By Vance Hanson (TwinSpires.com)

1. TAX (10-1) – Showed little rust winning a minor Delaware stakes July 9 returning from a layoff of more than 17 months, and runner-up came back to win a Maryland-bred stakes and run fourth in the Philip H. Iselin (G3); this field significantly tougher, though, and unlikely to lull this field to sleep with the two rivals breaking to his immediate right likely to race in close attendance; won the Jim Dandy (G2) over this strip three years ago, but has never been confused with a top-level performer then or since.

2. OLYMPIAD (2-1) – Win streak came to an abrupt halt in the Whitney (G1); less surprising than losing to Life Is Good was him coming under a ride/drive on the far turn and offering little as the second choice; if it was simply a matter of the humid conditions and off track, he’s deserving of a long look in this rebound opportunity; the main concern is that perhaps, like stablemate Speaker’s Corner, he peaked too early in the season; food for thought with a short price likely.

3. UNTREATED (12-1) – Hung tough in the 10-furlong Suburban (G2) after setting a moderate pace, but with Tax and Olympiad likely in the mix today, doubt he could set fractions that soft here; and with that said, not convinced a return try at this distance is necessarily ideal; he’s an improving colt, though, and a share of some kind would be no surprise.

4. CHESS CHIEF (30-1) – The primary knock is this veteran has never won outside Fair Grounds, a winter locale where’s he won some big races, such as the New Orleans Classic (G2); even more frustrating for connections is that he’s largely been ineffective of late everywhere else, rarely hitting the board; don’t envision circumstances being much different here.

5. AMERICANREVOLUTION (3-1) – After a disappointing season debut, his effort in the Stephen Foster (G2) was much better; though no match for Olympiad there, he enters this rematch a fresher horse than that rival; won only start over this track, albeit against state-bred foes and stretch-out in distance doesn’t figure to be an impediment, especially if the pace is honest enough, though fact remains his two best races both occurred around one turn.

6. FIRST CAPTAIN (4-1) – Sire won this race twice in its Belmont days, and he has really come on this year after adding blinkers, winning the Pimlico Special (G3) with a late surge and then coming up just short in the Suburban to a rival that had his number once last term; has run only one dud in his career, in the seven-furlong Carter H. (G1), and enters this race in peak form and with further upside; respect.

7. KEEPMEINMIND (12-1) – Debut for Pletcher occurred against overmatched allowance rivals, but it was a solid comeback performance that obviously warranted a shot over this longer trip; while he didn’t train on well enough from two to be competitive in last year’s classics, he showed signs of more life here last summer, and might develop into a decent older horse in the months and season ahead; has a little form to find, but a seemingly useful inclusion in the lower rungs of the exotics.

8. DYNAMIC ONE (7-2) – Like several others he enters at the peak of his powers, having notched back-to-back stakes wins in the Blame and Suburban; had to work a bit in the latter as the field size and pace scenario didn’t quite work out to his best advantage, but was brave in outdueling First Captain despite that, and a stronger early tempo here would be highly beneficial; plenty to offer in an intriguing race.