Two former European fillies will battle for major honors in today’s Belmont feature, the Destiny Dance overnight stakes for fillies and mares at 1-¼ miles on the inner turf course. It’s a close call but Pictavia rates the edge. First, a look at her main rival, Time On.

Toughened in European graded stakes at 3, Time On makes her second start off a lengthy layoff for turf ace Christophe Clement. In her American debut at Gulfstream Park March 31, she stalked the pace while under stout restraint throughout the mile and a half route.

The combination of distance, ground loss, and dissipation of energy in her first start in 160 days proved too much. She was beaten less than three lengths in a deeper field than she meets here. Time On will benefit from the effort and today’s shorter route.

Pictavia, however, looks quicker and suits the race shape a tad better. Little went right for Pictavia in her U.S. debut. She dropped back perceptibly following a stumbling beginning then was forced to rally very wide, tough in any grass race but especially so at Gulfstream. Third, beaten one length at 1-1/16th miles, she figures to improve and clearly benefits from a suitably longer distance.

Blessed with tactical speed, an inside draw, and the position conscious Mike Luzzi, who’s been riding in excellent form the last few weeks, Pictavia figures to get the jump on her main rival. Trainer Saeed bin Suroor is a very worthy and profitable 36 percent with shippers into New York.

Luzzi is also named on Pictavia’s stablemate, Veneti, but only one can start. We prefer the former. No Pictavia, no play.

Taking Pictavia to win and an exacta box with Time On.

Running Totals Through Sunday: (16) 6-4-3 ROI: $38.00