There are some promising older fillies in todays Belmont feature, the Yanks Music at 1-1/16th miles, that have not won a stakes race in the last two years. It has drawn a field of six, including an uncoupled entry, but only two should dominate the proceedings: Veneti and Altesse.

Veneti makes her second start off a layup and thats a good thing, considering trainer Tom Albertrani is twice as effective when his horses have had a race off a layoff. As for Veneti, she prefers todays added distance, reunites with Eibar Coa, undefeated aboard her in two starts, and she picked up where she left off last year on performance figures. That makes her explosive here.

Altesse, meanwhile, is the only female to have won at Belmont Park, and shes done it twice. She hails from a team on a roll, McGaughey and Prado, who took Sundays Peter Pan Stakes, and is as explosive as her rival, matching her three-year-old top in a recent seasons debut. Like her main rival, Altesse has tactical speed and the kick to carry her lick all the way. This tough, competitive field will be as much a riders race as a horse race. And it wont make you rich, either.

Taking Altesse to win; making an exacta box with Veneti.

Running Totals: (27) 11-7-7 ROI: $66.40 (win selections only)