Today’s Grade 3 Gravesend has attracted six fast sprinters, almost all of them capable of winning this contentious feature for three-year-olds and up. We’ll concentrate on three, from the inside, out: Pavo (7-2), P. Kerney (6-1) and City Attraction (2-1).

We’ve been waiting for Pavo to race back for two reasons: He’ll be making his first start off Tony Dutrow’s claim, a 27 % scenario, and for him to get back on his favorite surface. And we know this how? Because three of his four lifetime wins have come on this ground and his fastest performance figure also came over this surface. Add the pole, Ramon Dominguez and lots of early gas to suit his late kick and you have a plausible situation for victory.

P. Kerney is racing in excellent form and offers good value if anywhere near early line odds at off time. He owns an excellent blend of speed and stamina, a rare gift even at this level, has been working bullets at his Laurel base, and trainer Mike Trombetta is profitable when his runners make their second start off a layup. Since Trombetta’s claim, he’s won three of five, all beneath Travis Dunkelberger, who takes the jaunt up I-95 for the mount.

City Attraction is the logical early favorite. Reserved by Rick Dutrow is favor of this spot, his performance figures are consistently faster than most of his rivals here, he owns tactical speed, and seems to do his best running outside rivals. Drawing post six in a small field could not suit his talents any better. Dutrow owns a career flat-bet profit in graded stakes. Like we said, it’s a beauty.

Taking surface loving Pavo to win at 3-1 or greater and keying him first and second in exactas with his two main rivals here. Trifecta players can add Joey P. to their mix in money positions.

Running Totals: (151) 55-33-16. Total Dollar Return: $333.10 [win selections only] {Friday results not included}