A wave of nostalgia washed over me as I noted todays feature is the G3 Queens County at 1-3/16 miles for older horses. This event used to mark the end of the New York season. It was run on the main track in late November. The season then began anew on or about March 20.

So much for better days.

Todays renewal drew six entrants and four could be rated as serious contenders. Well concentrate on three: Hunting (9-5), Barcola (6-1) and Marital Asset (5-2).

Hunting is common off a career best, an incremental and not explosive one, meaning that there may just be more to come here. He finished with a flourish to win the Stuyvesant three weeks ago following a switch to Alan Garcia, who rides him back here. As a 4-year-old, this late developer still has some upside and Shug McGaughey finally might be tapping into this colts potential. With all the speed signed on here, the race shape couldnt suit him any better.

Barcola is by definition the fastest here on performance figures. His lifetime best, significantly, came on this winter surface, over which he is 1-for-1. This 4-year-old always was well regarded by his connections and on some afternoons hes positively brilliant. His last was a bit of a clunker, but if figured to be. Now back on his proven favorite surface, hes is drawn inside the other speeds and gets a switch to the aggressive Eibar Coa. Hes certain to be live here.

Marital Asset used to be in the same barn as Barcola, Mark Hennigs. But Edward Evans made the switch to Anthony Dutrow for a fall and winter campaign and this 4-year-old is 2-for-2. Since those efforts came sprinting at Philly Park, its hard to know how he will react here. But his figures improved dramatically for the white-hot Dutrow (duh) and he meets far better stock on the rise in class and distance today. The equally hot Ramon Dominguez rides.

We must take the rapid Barcola at odds of 7-2 or more, keying him first and second in exactas with his two main rivals listed, and first and second in trifecta, adding old pro Evening Attire to the mix.

Running Totals: (144) 53-30-16. Total Dollar Return: $318.40 [win selections only]