The Schuylerville, a Grade 3 stakes for juvenile fillies at six furlongs, traditionally has raised the curtain on Americas best race meet. And thats the way it is again as Saratoga begins its 139th season.

Fillies are usually faster to develop than colts and a look at todays field gives you some indication why. Theyre all fast and precocious. Did I mention fast?

Thus far in their brief careers, According To Plan (5-2) has been the second fastest of these fast fillies. She won her career debut by 4- lengths in :56 1/5 for five furlongs at Belmont Park. But it was more about how she ran fast.

She took early pressure through blistering fractions yet drew off while only being shown the whip of Cornelio Velasquez. Trainer Barclay Tagg has been profitably rolling along in the past 90 days, and with second-time runners in his career. And obviously the filly has more to give if two recent workouts are an indication. Fast and visually impressive, According To Plan enjoys a slight edge on pace figures.

A majority share in Subtle Aly (4-1) was purchased by crafty New York-based connections and turned over to trainer Rick Dutrow after he debut. Shes the fastest filly in the field, earning a top performance figure by racing 4- furlongs at Churchill Downs in a blurry :50 2/5. She has longer recovery time between starts than her main rivals and Dutrows a profitable 30 percent effective with new acquisitions.

The filly who might fall through the wagering cracks is Blitzing (8-1). She has enough gas to attend a rapid pace from her outside slip and enough stamina to out-kick her rivals later, like she did in her Churchill Downs debut. Her outside post can help keep the odds slightly inflated and Shawn Bridgmohan is a very worthy 32 percent riding for Steve Asmussen.

Well start Saratoga by taking According To Plan to win at 9-5 or more, keying her first and second in exacta boxes with Subtle Aly and Blitzing.

Running Totals: (65) 30-13-10 Dollar Return: $171.10