Todays Grade 2 Jerome at one mile for three-year-olds might produce a horse or two for the Breeders Cup. Were thinking the Dirt Mile (mile and 70 yards at Monmouth).

And the three that are most likely in that scenario (Nick Zitos pair notwithstanding) are, from the inside, out: Digger (7-2), Vitruvius (4-1) and Daaher (2-1).

Digger is the horse that owner Lawrence Roman considered starting in the Belmont Stakes until he suffered a fit of common sense. But hes very good right now, winning his last at Laurel by nearly 12 lengths in very fast time vs. Maryland-breds. Trainer Dick Dutrow, 28 percent with repeaters, has been on a roll.

Vitruvius made some noise when he broke his maiden at Gulfstream last February. Following a fast allowance win he went to the sidelines with a minor injury but returned in Saratoga to finish a strong-rally despite bearing out the length of the stretch. Today hes second-time Lasix and back on his favorite surface and optimal distance.

Daaher ran like a wild horse at Saratoga, going to the front and improving his position in a freak-like performance. His race is hard to read, being at nine furlongs and around two turns as opposed to eight and one turn. Visually, he had the look of a potential star.

But well take Vitruvius to win at 3-1 or greater and exacta keys first and second with Digger and Daaher.

Running Totals: (116) 41-27-13. Dollar Return: $238.40 [win selections only] {Saturdays results not included}