Today’s feature to start the Belmont week is a preliminary allowances for fillies and mares, three-year-olds and up, at six furlongs. Anywhere else it would be a stakes, such is the talent level in this.

Half of the six-horse field could easily win, from the inside, out: Pulpitina (3-1), City Bird (2-1) and Tale of the West (5-2).

Pulpitina earned excellent performance figures at two and did it the right way, distributing her energy efficiently. She showed a highly versatile running style, winning on the engine by open lengths after closing much ground late to finish second in her debut prior. Christophe Clement is 22 percent efficient with layups of 90 days or more.

City Bird has the fastest figures, returns for the top layoff barn of Rick Dutrow, and is a four-year-old vs. many threes. She’s experienced, has been working purposefully, the barn is striking at a 24 percent rate this meet and the filly attracts Edgar Prado. From the prolific Stronach outfit, her lone win came on this track, at this distance.

Tale of the West won her debut very impressively at Keeneland with a rare frontrunning score. Her figure was fast and competitive and she distributed her energy efficiently. She ships down from Saratoga for Todd and Johnny, where she worked well with two recent moves termed breezing. She deserves an edge on recent conditioning in a very competitive sprint.

Taking Tale of the West to win at 2-1 or more and keying her in exacta first and second with her competition here, and on top only in trifectas.

Running Totals: (212) 68-46-24. Total Dollar Return: $422.60 [win selections only]