And yet another turf feature, only this one has a name, the Athenia, a Grade 3 for fillies and mares going a mile and a sixteenth on the Widener course. As usual at this time of year, it’s all about the ground, and it’s always about the trip. The bad news is that all this points to the favorite, Criminologist (6-5).

The form in the rest of the field is spotty. Of the in-form group, most of them are either long on early speed or become rank when not given their head. This plays to Criminologist’s strength. Further, she is drawn inside, the anticipated slower pace due to the course will have her in better position early. Who better at working out an inside-out turf trip than Edgar Prado?

Taking Criminologist to win at even money or greater, boxing her in the exacta with Waquoit’s Love (9-2), pacesetting runnerup to the Phipps filly last out. Not the most interesting feature this week.

Running Totals: (291) 87-61-34 Total Dollar Return: $578.30 [win selections only]