A skull buster of a feature today, a money allowances/optional claimer at a mile--only a six-horse field but with infinite possibilities.

For instance: The sharp Mister Triester was recently claimed by Gary Contessa from Steve Asmussen, Contessa, of course, profitable for a career first time off the claim. What to do? He will improve upon Asmussen on relatively short rest?

Then there’s stakes winning Sir Whimsey, who seemingly prefers to ran farther but comes off a freshening first-time Steve Asmussen. Why shouldn’t he improve in his first start for a barn that wins at a 22 percent rate with new acquisitions.

Classy? When last seen, Sir Whimsey finished third in the Grade 1 Pimlico Special. And he’s won at this distance and over today’s surface.

And how about Timber Reserve, from the hot John Kimmel shed, who set strong fractions and held well for third in the G2 Meadowlands Cup last time out?

But, instead, we’ll go in another direction--Bribon--who freaked while winning at the distance two starts back, earning the race’s best recent performance figure, has won over the surface, has a worthy (3) 1-2-0 slate at the trip and reunites with Alan Garcia, who rode him to victory at this meet last year.

Bribon’s freaky performance came in his second start off the layup, today’s scenario, and that’s no accident. Trainer Bobby Ribaudo is a profitable 18 percent with second-off-the-layup starters, and is also profitable on the stretch-out and with beaten favorites. His recent return at six furlongs looked like a good race to build on. We shall see.

Taking Bribon to win at 5-2 or greater, keying him first and second in exactas and trifectas with Mister Triester and Sir Whimsey.

Running Totals: (306) 93-63-39 Total Dollar Return: $617.00 [win selections only]