You know we’re heading toward Saratoga when more and more Grade 1s show up on this docket. Today’s it’s the Prioress for three-year-old fillies at six furlongs. If you can dominate this race, then you belong in the Breeders’ Cup Filly Sprint. Really dominate, and you start thinking boys. Three-year-old fillies get seven pounds from males; not insignificant.

So, is Indian Blessing (9-5) the same filly she was at 2? Will it matter, since she’s back sprinting? Probably not, but I’m in a gambling mood. There are four logical alternatives: Indian Way (6-1), By The Light (4-1), Tale Of The West (7-2) and Palanka City (6-1).

By The Light is 5-for-5, her most recent figure was fairly competitive, but a lifetime best, the spacing is good and she fit’s the race shape nicely as a late runner.

Tale Of The West is undefeated at 2-for-2, is very highly regarded by the Pletcher barn, and coming off a new pace top, indicating likely improvement. But her lack of seasoning is troubling and she figures to be a relatively short price.

The most interesting are Indian Way, only off a maiden win, but her last was really fast. She’s SoCal speed, the best kind, and goes first time for Tony Dutrow, a profitable 31 percent proposition. Her 6-furlong internal figure is as good as anything in here and will save ground beneath Cornelio.

Palanka City has the most experience, brings a three-race winning streak and Chris Emigh in from the Midwest for the ride and she’s very fast and versatile, winning on and from just off the early pace. She’s well drawn in post 7, has won half of her 10 starts, including a G3 last time out. She could fall between the parimutuel cracks.

Taking Palanka City to win at 9-2 or greater, exacta key boxes with the two Indian’s, Blessing and Way, and with the other two in trifecta mixes.

Running Totals: (231) 73-48-26. Total Dollar Return: $450.10 [win selections only] {Friday’s results not included}