Today's feature at Belmont, an optional claiming sprint in today's eighth race, is interesting for two reasons: Much Stronger(6-5) really came to hand for Jacobson/Castellano team at Saratoga but priors at Belmont Park left much to be desired.

When last seen, Comandante (6-1) was opening a 12-length lead going 7 furlongs--possibly more between calls-before, understandably, tiring. Today he shows up in Todd Pletcher's barn for the first time with a bullet work and is removing blinkers, a profitable 33% scenario for this outfit. Throw is a switch to Johnny for good measure and there it is.

Taking Comandante to win at 3-1 or greater and exacta key-boxes with Much Stronger and the freshened Tancredi (10-1), a 20% Barbara angle, and picks up Bravo.

Number of Selections since May, 2007: 1389

Number of Win-Place-Show Finishers: 427-263-211

Amount Wagered: $2,778 [to win only]

Total Dollar Return on Investment: $2,908.00

Profit to Date: $130.00