In todays state-bred feature, the Sherpa Guide for male three-year-olds and up at a mile and a sixteenth, trainer Rick Violette might rue the day he lost Raceland to Pat Reynolds for a $50,000 claiming tag.

Raceland went well early in the Saratoga meet and hasnt raced since, not a bad thing considering that he has shown an affinity for Belmont Park on performance figures, likes this distance, is comfortable on the surface considering a (5) 2-2-0 slate.

Raceland (7-2) has tactical speed, can finish, and you have to love the confidence the barn has is showing by making its first start off the claim in stakes company. Reynolds is a profitable 22 percent in his first start off the claim.

His main rivals are early line favorite Who What Win (9-5) and French Transition (4-1).

Who What Win, also a four-year-old, was recently was a good third in the Gen. Douglas MacArthur on opening day of the fall meet. Hes been keeping good company consistently and this might serve as his prep for the $250,000 Empire Classic.

French Transition, meanwhile, is a razor sharp three-year-old who exploded onto the scene at Saratoga. A repeat of his last, which seems unlikely, would win this but, the bounce notwithstanding, he must prove he can be just as effective rounding one turn as opposed to the Spas two.

Taking track-loving Raceland to win at 3-1 or greater, keying him in exacta and trifecta boxes with Who What Win and French Transition.

Running Totals: (109) 40-26-11. Dollar Return: $230.00 [win selections only]