Well, if today is Racing Hall of Fame and Museum induction day, that means Bill Mott will win the stakes of the same name later in the afternoon. Today he will saddle early line favorite Adriano (5-2), after having taken over the three-year-old’s training prior to his last start.

And that start, the Grade 3 Colonial Turf Cup was contested over soft ground on a deep and cutting course, conditions which were new to the colt. He didn’t handle it very well, racing evenly throughout while chasing the pace from the outside.

Prior to that it was the G1 Kentucky Derby because he had run so well at 9 furlongs on the Polytrack at Turfway. He didn’t make that transition either but is now back where he belongs under suitable conditions over rivals he matches up with well. Edgar Prado, who will be inducted into the pantheon earlier, takes the re-ride.

After that the competition opens up, what with undefeated Deal Making (7-2), Willsboro Point (4-1), 2-for-2 at today’s nine-furlong distance, and the rapidly improving Field Sport (8-1) all in with an upset chance. Each has performance figures that are forward looking, all coming off healthy patterns.

But Adriano figures to get back on track here and return to his excellent spring form. Taking him to win at 8-5 or greater, keying him first and second in trifectas with his three main rivals here.

Running Totals: (245) 77-51-27. Total Dollar Return: $467.30 [win selections only] {Sunday’s results not included}