Another interesting turf route, a preliminary allowances-optional high class claimer for 3-year-olds going a mile and a sixteenth and, as per usual, there are many different ways to go.

It’s not that the favorite is worth trying to beat. He might not be, given the open nature of a field such as this, where the public’s choice could pay fair odds.

That would be Silver Max (3-1) who, when last seen, was chasing the pace in Algorithms’ Grade 3 Holy Bull. Even without the surface change, this would be a totally different animal. Prior to that, he was a special-weights maiden breaker.

Dale Romans’ colt never has taken a backward step on the Equiform scale while racing on turf and owns a wide edge over the group. The one nagging element is 5 runnerup finishes in 7 career starts.

We will go for the gusto here with Scorcher (12-1) who’s developing nicely on the figures scale--albeit not as fast—returns at a reduced level for the first time since claimed three back, picks up Johnny, blew out sharply at his Calder base and gets a couple of pounds from the favorite.

Taking Scorcher to win at 7-1 or greater, an exacta box with the favorite and adding sharp working Captain Webb (6-1) to the exotics mix.

Running Totals: (1039) 321-203-150 Total Dollar Return: $2,222.40 [win selections only]