Today’s Belmont Park feature, the French Colonial overnight stakes for three-year-olds that have not won a stakes this year, drew a full field and looks suspiciously like a possible prep for the Hall of Fame Stakes in Saratoga in early August. The two fastest horses on performance figures also sport good company lines. Speed and class are dangerous tandem, especially on grass.

El Sultry Sun (3-1) wouldn’t be the first turf horse to ship to Colonial Downs and encounter a soft course which can be very difficult to negotiate. He made a mid-race move off a slow pace before retreating, never a serious threat. He’s better than that, as he showed winning two overnight stakes previously and was a good third in the Grade 3 Calder Derby despite a rough trip breaking from the extreme outside in a field of 11. He reunites with Kent Desormeaux, his pilot at Calder. He is a very deserving favorite.

In terms of development, Run Sully Run (4-1) is not that far behind. He’s been very competitive in stakes, both overnighters and graded events, and finished only a length behind the favorite in the aforementioned Calder Derby and closer than that in a recent Monmouth listed stakes. Subsequent to that effort, he’s been working rapidly at the Shore now ships in for Cam Gambolati, winning at a profitable 21 percent rate for the year and tapping Edgar Prado for today’s assignment. “Sully” carries 118 pounds vs. the favorite’s 123.

Taking Run Sully Run to win at 3-1 or greater and an exacta box with El Sultry Sun. Trifecta players add So It Goes (20-1) and Dynochracy (10-1) to the mix.

Running Totals: (233) 73-49-27. Total Dollar Return: $450.10 [win selections only]