The Thursday feature offers a scant field of five, a classified allowances/optional $100,000 claiming going a mile and 70 yards on the winter track. Just because it’s unappealing doesn’t make it easy.

This is a rider’s race and the pace might depend on the break as most of these are capable of being on the pace and still win under the right circumstances. Unfortunately, a man has to do what he must on occasion and eat a little more chalk dust.

I can see how Broadway Producer (6-5) could disappoint. He’s done that before. But I feel that he’s going to peak here, and he’ll have to if he wants to deal with the very sharp Believeinmenow.

While Broadway Producer is not a speed type, he can chase a soft pace, which might come from either Temecular Creek (6-1) or Believeinmenow (9-5).

The Producer coming out of a sprint, the Grade 2 General George at 7 furlongs, as a matter of fact, and did make a tiny bid before finishing one-paced. Today he switches to Ramon Dominguez, whose strength could pay big dividends here, and his half-mile work in :47 4/5, termed breezing, was third fastest of 128 workers at the distance that week.

If not today, when?

Taking Broadway Producer to win, no price restrictions, using him on top of Temecular Creek and Believeinmenow in exactas, plus a boxed exacta with Believeinmenow.

Running Totals: (384) 118-79-52 Total Dollar Return: $822.80 [win selections only]