Yesterday, the Red Smith, today, the distaff equivalent, the Grade 3 Long Island Handicap for fillies and mares, three-year-olds and up, at 12 furlongs.

This fixture usually attracts European invaders and this year is no exception. The depth of quality, however, is lacking, and the only interesting filly that made the trip is Dalvina, a John Dunlop trainee getting first-time Lasix and attracting Cornelio Velasquez. She has been competitive in group events going a distance of ground and, as a three-year-old, has upside potential. She should handle whatever footing she encounters.

Christophe Clement has an uncoupled stable entry here and, clearly, Royal Highness is best of the American entrants. A winner of the Grade 1 Beverly D. last August, she raced evenly while wide throughout the G1 Flower Bowl. Less accomplished rivals, added distance, and the ability to handle any ground, suits the five-year-old owner of the best performance figures in the field. And shes earned those figures with consistency. Expect Javier Castellano to time her late run perfectly.

Taking Royal Highness to win, no price restrictions, and an exacta box with Dalvina.

Running Totals: (128) 44-29-14. Total Dollar Return: $261.50 [win selections only]