Today's Big A feature puts state-breds in the spotlight again, the day's 8th race, a preliminary allowance sprint going 7-1/2 furlongs.

Seven and a half furlongs? Why?

Anyway, many of these are coming off maiden wins and also stretching out. Samraat (8-5) is a deserving favorite off a drawing away sprint score, but did have the benefit of a wire to wire score from the rail at Belmont Park, a scenario that was very kind to early speed. His performance figure was first rate and first-Lasix on the stretch-out also makes sense.

But we liked the way Sandcat (7-2) drew away late to win his debut, as if looking for more ground. Given some time to mature following that Spa sprint, he's training steadily and forwardly coming up to the added distance nicely with suitable pedigree on the dam's side. Junior Alvarado is taking a return call for John Kimmel.

Taking Sandcat to win at 3-1 or greater and an exacta box with Samraat.

Number of Selections since May, 2007: 1427

Number of Win-Place-Show Finishers: 434-270-216

Amount Wagered: $2,854 [to win only]

Total Dollar Return on Investment: $2,965.10

Profit to Date: $101.10