Today’s featured 8th race at Belmont Park, a secondary allowances/optional claiming at the hybrid distance of 6-1/2 furlongs is one tough test. We think any of six horses could win in this field of seven; the odd horse out coupled with one of the contenders.

We’ll try to separate these by concentrating on runners with an affinity for the trip or a surface lover, since this meet’s days are dwindling to a precious few.

But there are several of those two, so we’ll take the filly that figures to sit a good trip behind the speed then get a jump on the late runner. That figures to be Promise Me A Cat (3-1), with Ramon Dominguez taking a call from Carlos Martin.

With a record of 2-for-3 over the ground and a win at this distance in two starts, her defeat at 6-1/2 came last out when she was used up in a pace battle. Her speed will enable Ramon to stalk covered up from close range, getting the jump on late runner Emily Allstar (2-1).

Taking Promise Me A Cat to win at 5-2 or greater, an exacta box with ‘Emily’ and Heir To Dare (5-2), and adding price shots Devilish Spirit (8-1) and Powhattan Princess (12-1) to the exotic mix.

Running Totals: (1114) 342-217-167 Total Dollar Return: $2,353.20 [win selections only]