Today’s feature that begins the final week of racing at Belmont Park before the move upstate to Saratoga is the Irish Actress for state-bred fillies and mares at a mile and a sixteenth. And a nice bunch of fillies they are. It probably will come down to a battle between the two favorites; Rewrite (2-1) and Factual Contender (8-5).

Rewrite is such a consistent filly, winning eight of 15 career starts, six of them at this venue. She seldom fails to fire, her last at 7 furlongs was her best ever, and she’s had sufficient recovery time returning from a six-week layup. Christophe Clement has had a great summer meet here, as has jockey Alan Garcia, and the team will save ground leaving from the pole position.

But her task will be difficult today because Factual Contender earns consistently good performance figures and, on balance, has been tested--and responded--against slightly better fillies. But her big advantage here is tactical early speed, something her competitors, including Rewrite, cannot boast. It will prove the difference, as long as Eibar Coa doesn’t rate her into submission, of course.

Taking Factual Contender at 3-2 or greater, an exacta box with Rewrite, and keying Factual Contender first and second in trifectas including Latitude Forty (6-1).

Running Totals: (235) 74-49.27. Total Dollar Return: $452.90 [win selections only]