The New York racing week begins with a highly competitive secondary allowance/optional claimer for older horses going a mile and 70 yards. Itís drawn a full field, including two stable couplings.

Weíll take a closer look at three, from the rail, out: No Reply (4-1), Run With The Lark (5-1) and Hurrah (3-1). (Given his last effort, I would include normally recent claim Ricardo A (12-1) to the mix but donít understand why a trainer would add blinkers to a nine-year-old veteran coming off an open-lengths win). [See today's blog on lead page]

No Reply is not nearly as fast as some of the older veterans in here but the 4-year-old gelding has considerable upside, the pole position, fitís the race shape nicely with realistic pace up front, and the McLaughlin barn is a profitable 24% with horses trying to repeat. Alan Garcia, who made his early bones with McLaughlin trainees, is in the boot.

Run With The Lark was a fast, impressive winner two back then apparently was too ambitiously spotted in the Alex M. Robb off the big-figure win. He failed to pick up his feet. This spot is a lot more realistic and half his lifetime wins have come on this surface, at this distance. Norberto Arroyo accepts the mount once again on the Schosberg trainee. Should he run back to his Dec. 2nd effort, heís a very serious player.

Hurrah has been racing in excellent form, including two game placings on the winter track before being claimed by record-setting Gary Contessa last out. The barn is a profitable 19% following the claim. Mike Luzzi replaces the white hot Stewart Elliott, who opts for Ricardo A here. This veteran has the tactical speed to assume a stalking position from his outside slip and enough kick to seal the deal. A repeat of his Equiform figure two starts back wins this.

Taking Hurrah at 5-2 or greater, keying him first and second in exactas with No Reply and Run With The Lark, and keying him in all money positions in trifectas, including longshot Ricardo A.

Running Totals: (163) 59-34-18. Total Dollar Return: $371.40 [win selections only]