Today’s feature is a preliminary allowances, $75,000 optional claiming, a category which the connections of early line favorite Stettler--Bruce Levine for owner Roddy Valente--seem to excel. For sure, their entrant will be a very tough out today.

As usual, the team made an astute claim in Southern California, watched it improve for Bill Spawr, then shipped it East where Stettler was a game second in her good figure winter-track debut.

But what really impressed was the way she swept to the lead in a quick final quarter-mile, appearing to have something left at the finish. Sometimes, you play the hand you’re dealt.

Taking Stettler to win at 8-5 or greater and keying her first and second in the trifecta with Mikeslittlegirl (8-1), Casino Key (4-1) and Yankee Victoria (5-2).

Running Totals: (350) 106-71-47 Total Dollar Return: $749.80 [win selections only]