Today’s feature in New York doesn’t have a name on it but it would at probably any other track in the Northeast, such is the talented level of the non-winners of 3 other than/optional claimer. Further, it’s a skull buster as I can make a reasonable case for almost any entrant.

It unlikely that any entrant will dominate the betting in this relatively short but highly contentious field. We’re going to opt for the two recently fastest horses on performance figures who also happen to be the sharpest. Regression is a possibility, of course, but there are negatives with the competition as well.

Fujita, who runs coupled as the Jacobson entry, was claimed for $75,000 last time out from the Pletcher operation. It’s a big gamble but one that could pay big dividends if the newly turned four year olds continues to develop and/or improve in new hands.

Stakes placed at 3, he has tactical speed, kick, good outside position and a good insurance policy from stablemate Temecula Creek, who Jacobson acquired privately from Bobby Frankel last fall. They are deserving overnight choices at a combined 5-2.

West Coast Flier (7-2), meanwhile, might prove a bargain claim. In fact, he was a Gary Contessa re-claim last out, the third time this five year old gelding changed hands in his last three starts. He earned a lifetime best figure in his debut on this track for these connections two back, now comes off a “soft” win, taking his last without expending as much effort as he did in that Dec. 10 sprint.

Taking West Coast Flier to win at 3-1 or greater and an exacta box with the Jacobson entry.

Running Totals: (364) 112-73-48 Total Dollar Return: $783.90 [win selections only]