Octave, second to Rags to Riches in the Kentucky Oaks, runs on Saturday in the $250,000 Grade 1 Mother Goose Stakes at Belmont Park against only three challengers. Then Corinthian, heir apparent to Invasor as Americas top handicap horse, takes on five other horses in the $600,000 Grade 1 Suburban.

Neither horse is a world-beater. But, from the number of their foes, youd think they were invincible.

Its no wonder that Belmont Park will be lucky to attract 8,000 fans to its stands on Saturday. Sure, there are full fields of eight to 10 horses for most of the races on the support card. But even in the $65,000 Say Florida Sandy Stakes, the third stakes race on the afternoon, there are only six contestants.

It must be harder to find a good horse than imagined. Only finding a stakes race in New York which affords you a good chance to make money by betting is more difficult.