Today's Belmont Park co-feature, going as the 7th race, is the G3 Knickerbocker for 3 & UP going 1-1/8 miles on the inner turf. Let's call it the Welcome Back Joel Stakes.

In short, Za Approval (3-1) has found a field he should handle with anything resembling his best go. He finished second to divisional leaders in both recent starts after winning both starts previously. Such consistency, class relief and competitive figures, along with a sharp recent blowout and the return of Joel Rosario all augurs well.

Taking Za Approval to win at 2-1 or greater and an exacta box with course loving Boisterous (7-2) and adding turn-back Exclusive Strike (10-1) and the once top-class miler, Mr. Commons (6-1), to the super-exotic mix.

Number of Selections since May, 2007: 1406

Number of Win-Place-Show Finishers: 428-266-213

Amount Wagered: $2,812 [to win only]

Total Dollar Return on Investment: $2,913.50

Profit to Date: $101.50