Today’s feature this holiday weekend is the Grade 2 Top Flight for fillies and mares going a flat mile on what projects a drying-out Big A surface. Our charter, of course, is to seek out vulnerable favorites. Sorry, not today.

Pool Land (5-2) figures to be a very tough out. Making her second start off a lengthy layup, she owns considerable advantages on pace and final performance figures, has proven class and is nicely positioned outside starting from the chute. Tom Albertrani has taken over her training on won off the freshening from for a barn profitable for a career and is particularly adept saddling potential repeaters. One-for-one on this track, she’s 58 days fresh and has found a very likely spot here.

Altesse (5-1) is a distance specialist for Shug McGaughey, winning three of five at eight furlongs. Of greater consequence is the fact her best performance figure came at 1-1/16 miles at Belmont, a similar dynamic to today’s conditions. Her trainer has been on a roll of late and he’s been 3-for-8 when using Joe Bravo.

Golden Velvet (3-1) is interesting. Seasoned in stakes company in Europe and Dubai, she debutted for Kairan McLaughlin with a comprehensive, open lengths victory in quick time. Dropping a significant six pounds off that effort, she will attempt her second straight for a top repeater outfit that’s a profitable 27 percent efficient with second-Lasix starters. Her most recent work was the fourth fastest of 74 older fillies to work that week in New York. The only knock is the short early line odds, in light of the class hike.

Taking Pool Land to win at 7-5 or greater, and an exacta key first and second with her major rivals.

Running Totals: (134) 46-29-15. Total Dollar Return: $272.10 [win selections only] {Thursday’s results not included}