Finally, a turf race with a name on it, the Grade 2 Sheepshead Bay Handicap, and it appears that two horses will dominate the top of the ticket: J’ray (5-2) and Mauralakana (2-1).

J’ray has earned consistently good performance figures all her life. But when you come with her late run, you had better time it perfectly. She’s capable of racing closer to the pace which would make her job easier then again it might not pay to take her out of her comfort zone. Either way, she’s a rough customer here.

Mauralakana virtually earns the same figures as her main rival and their figures are just consistently faster than the rest. In terms of class, she’s well placed with this group and might own the best sustained turn of foot. Hopefully, Mr. Desormeaux will make that run judiciously. She’s been going very well since moving to the Clement barn.

Taking Mauralakana to win at 2-1 or greater, an exacta box with J’ray, and trifectas with money prospect Herboriste (6-1).

Running Totals: (209) 67-44-24. Total Dollar Return: $416.80 [win selections only] {Friday results not included in totals}