As everyone knows the now, the defending Horse of the Year will not run in tomorrows Grade 1 Suburban Handicap.

But it warms a racing heart to know that while the recently retired Invasor and Grade 1 winning Scat Daddy, and the likely soon-to-be retired Street Sense and Hard Spun, wont be racing this weekend, there are some old-timers still doing their thing.

He might not have much of a chance to win, but nine-year-old Evening Attire, a Grade 1 winner with career earnings of $2.6-million, will complete the Suburban field at Belmont Park where Met Mile winner Corinthian, five years younger, is a deserving favorite

On the left coast, a pair of six-year-olds, Lava Man and Molengao, are the top choices in the Grade 1 Hollywood Gold Cup. And it will be rarified air for Lava Man should he be successful. He would join Hall of Famer Native Diver as the only winner of three consecutive Gold Cups.

Lava Man will be spotting his field from four to 10 pounds as the 124-pound highweight. He is seeking his 17th career win and will try to add to earnings of $4.7-million.

But its another nine-year-old, the redoubtable The Tin Man, a 13-time winner with earnings of $3.3-million, who deserves equal billing with Lava Man despite competing in only a Grade 2, the American Invitational Handicap.

The Tin Man, remarkably, a winner of three consecutive Grade 1s despite his advanced age, is seeking a defense of his American Invitational title. He spots his field from five to 10 pounds as the 123-pound highweight.