Friday’s feature, a secondary allowances/optional claimer at a mile and a sixteenth has drawn a limit field, many of them hard hitting, some of them on the come. One of those that looks to be developing and will take some beating is likely post time favorite Flint River (7-2), a newly turned 4-year-old from the Pletcher outfit.

Not only did his last indicate he’s back in top form but also has a preference for the winter track, earning a figure indicative of another forward move given continued development. He’s sharp, as is the barn, fit’s the race shape nicely, well drawn and attracts the position conscious Rajiv Maragh.

But there’s another newly turned “older horse,” Numaany (6-1), who might have to overcome a poor draw, but is developing very well at this point, earning a new pace top on the Equiform scale last out with a competitive final figure.

With a strong effort to run back to, his winning late run in a Spa two-turner, he figures to move forward in his third start off a layup with Ramon Dominguez on the re-ride, who also teamed up with Tom Albertrani to win yesterday’s feature.

Numaany figures to use his tactical speed to try to establish position and he can kick on. Since he has a coupled mate with Dominguez named, one must scratch. If Albertrani opts for this guy, he probably thinks he has the goods to overcome the poor draw. His call, and ours.

Taking Numaany to win at 9-2 or greater and an exacta box with Flint River.

Running Totals: (336) 100-70-45. Total Dollar Return: $699.30 [win selections only]