Even though it will be run at the racetrack in Queens, today’s feature is the Grade 3 Long Island Handicap for fillies and mares three-years-old and upward at a mile and a half. Three interests hold the best chance. The European entry from Andre Fabre (5-2), Hostess (9-2) and Marzelline (8-1).

The great Andre Fabre ships over a pair of three-year-olds, the entry topped by Astrologie, who’s been very competitive in Group competition. A natural distance type, she’s 2-for-2 at 12 furlongs, is fairly weighted, and attracts local turf ace Alan Garcia.

Her mate Shake The Moon has performance figures that a marching, an apparent late developer who’s just now coming into her own. She also boasts a pair of wins at the distance and picks up the talented, young Jose Lezcano, who rode the winner of the Juvenile Turf, Maram.

Hostess wouldn’t be the first horse that shipped to Woodbine and didn’t care for the ground. In as top form as she was going in, what else could it be? She simply failed to lift a hoof. Maybe the G1 competition didn’t help either. She returns to the G3 level today, the class of her impressive two-back win at Saratoga.

Marzelline may be unproven at the distance but she has won at 11 furlongs and her ultra performance figures keep marching forward. She ships in sharp for Ben Cecil and Tyler Baze and could easily surprise this group if she gets away a little soft early on. It’s an interesting feature, indeed.

Bet we’ll take the Fabre entry at 2-1 or greater--3-1 if one of the fillies is scratched--and key them first and second in exactas and trifectas with her rivals here plus Criticism (4-1), who made an impressive U.S. debut recently.

Running Totals: (303) 92-62-38 Total Dollar Return: $608.80 [win selections only]