The stock market is slumping. Interest rates are poised to rise. Cubs devotees are broke from buying overpriced game tickets and merchandise, while some might soon be jobless from missing work because of extended celebrating.
Fortuitously, the Breeders' Cup arrives as a sports port in the storm. A mere two-buck investment on a horse can pay for a meal at some of colleague Jonathan Gold's 101 best restaurants. Of course, the races also can be enjoyed for the proverbial entertainment purposes only.
Tune in on occasion for tips that might lead to some menu-reading. Be aware, though, that handicapping these mostly wide-open races can be the sport's version of Rubik's Cube.