Not an exciting way to start the new year, although any start in New York these days is welcome. The Interborough at six furlongs has drawn only five fillies for three-year-olds and up but, on form, it looks like a match race between the two favorites: Control Room (8-5) and Oprah Winney (6-5).

The favorite probably should have won her latest, but settled for third in the Garland of Roses following a very poor start. Prior to that, she set a too-fast pace in the Monmouth Park slop in the Breeders’ Cup. Today, the switch to the outside post will suit her style better and picking up Ramon Dominguez won’t hurt. She’s fast, consistent, likes this surface and has a versatile style.

But Control Room has a bit more upside. A newly turned four-year-old, she’s still developing and had something in reserve from a performance-figure perspective when she defeated the favorite in her last. Trainer Michael Trombetta has been on a tear with his New York shippers, especially this one, 2-for-2 when she steps foot on the winter track. She has tactical speed and an inside post, and will be partnered by Julian Pimentel, who’s been riding at 29 % for this barn recently.

We’re taking Control Room to repeat at 7-5 or more and an exacta box with Oprah Winney.

Running Totals: (153) 55-33-16. Total Dollar Return: $333.10 [win selections only]