The Belmont Park week begins with a mile and a sixteenth turf route on the inner turf course for fillies and mares, 3-year-olds & up and eligible for non-winners of two races other-than…or optional $50,000 claiming. A competitive route, two of the three prime contenders are coming off long layups.

The filly with the best recent form, away for a freshening of 59 days, is My Rachel, a Todd Pletcher trainee with Mike Luzzi in the boot. She has tactical speed, which helps on this course, comes off a sharp win, and worked a bullet recently for her return. She will get and deserves a lot of support. What she might lack in class she makes up for in current condition.

The two fillies coming off layoffs have a class edge, look like the “best fillies,” but both are tough reads.

Christophe Clement’s Zaynab owns the fastest performance figures but her far-off-the-pace style is a hindrance on this course. She returns sans blinkers for Clement, who’s using Garrett Gomez, an ace with late running turf horses. The trainer is 22 percent effective off layups of 90 days or more and he and Gomez are a white hot 5-for-11 at this meet.

Beau Dare has the best company lines in the race, excellent early speed, the very advantage rail position on this course, attracts Edgar Prado and debuts for Bruce Levine, a profitable 20 percent off long layoffs and 27 percent with new acquisitions. Chances are she’ll hold on better for Levine at 4 than she did as a 3-year-old for Bob Holthus.

In a very tough call, taking My Rachel to win at 5-2 or greater, exacta boxes with the other two fillies.

Running Totals: (43) 20-9-9 Dollar Return: $112.80 [win selections only]