Time was when the Test Stakes for three-year-old fillies was split virtually every year. If it wasn’t, it would be a great betting race. Half the fun was trying to figure whether fillies were going all out in the Test or using it as a bridge to the 10 furlong Alabama. But the problem with it being a G1 is that it’s a prize worthy of champions, their presence shooing away the competition. Such is the case this year.

Juvenile filly champion Indian Blessing (3-5), fresh from a rapid victory in the G1 Prioress at Belmont, will attempt stretch her speed another furlong. Considering she’s already won at seven-eighths and broke her maiden by a short pole first time out at Saratoga last year, not much mystery remains here. I can’t beat her and won’t try, which leaves the exacta pool.

We’ll look at two possibilities here, hoping to optimize the odds. Sweet Hope is coming off a huge top and is 5-2 in the early line; worth beating. Tequilas Dayjur (15-1) is a late developer who was a game second in a 7-furlong Grade 3 over Arlington’s Polytrack last out. Suited by a likely hot pace, a ground saving trip beneath new rider Edgar Prado makes her interesting. Also worth using is Palanka City (8-1), training up a storm for Barclay Tagg, who’s a worthy 35 percent given that scenario. Eibar Coa rides.

Taking Indian Blessing, no price restrictions, in exactas over Tequilas Dayjur and Palanka City.

Running Totals: (244) 76-51-27. Total Dollar Return: $464.50 [win selections only]