The first of two Travers preps this weekend is today's Curlin Stakes for 3YO going 9 furlongs. There's no shortage of graded stakes-tested runners here, including Derby runner-up Commanding Curve but we'll take any value offered on Cousin Stephen.

Chad Brown trainee was looking like a possible classics contender but instead, after a brief freshening, returned at Parx with an extremely game score after being severely tested in the lane. Now he stretches out to his most effective distance, showing good development. The spacing is right and the switch to Johnny certainly doesn't hurt.

Taking Cousin Stephen to win at 4-1 or greater, an exacta box with Commanding Curve, and adding Protonico, Life In Shambles and Charge Now to the super-exotics mix.

Number of Selections since 2007: 1572

Number of Win-Place-Show Finishers: 478-305-242

Amount Wagered: $3,146 [to win only]

Total Dollar Return on Investment: $3,232.20

Profit to Date: $86.20