A very interesting and wide open feature at Belmont Park as 11 fillies and mares, three-year-olds and up, travel one mile in a preliminary allowances, $75,000 optional claimer. Four fillies hold a wide edge over the rest, from the inside, out; Unenchanted, Partida, Stolen Star and Lost Etiquette.

Unenchanted showed much improvement to break her maiden over this track, at this distance, last out. She is developing nicely and takes the next logical step for the Todd and Johnny team. Amazing that after over 1,700 rides, the Pletcher/Velazquez tandem is showing a flat-bet profit.

Partida is by definition the fastest filly in here off her recent 6-½ furlong victory. Interesting to note, too, that trainer Jimmy Jerkens is profitable in three relevant categories: first-time route, sprint-to-route and is an impressive 29 percent with horses coming off a maiden win in their most recent start. By Monarchos, the added distance suits well, too.

Four-year-old Stolen Star meets younger rivals and was a good second in a recent New York-bred stakes at today’s distance over the track. Her figures are solid and competitive but she’s been a long time trying to shake this condition.

Looks like “go day” for Lost Etiquette. Her speed sharpened with first-time blinkers last out, they are appropriately removed today and are accompanied by a switch to Edgar Prado, aboard for her only career win. Note that trainer Pat Reynolds is 4-for-10 when using Edgar. This filly earned fast figures at 2 and earlier this year at 3 and has been tested in two graded stakes. If not today, when?

Taking Lost Etiquette to win, with no price restrictions, and making an exacta box with Partida and keying her in all three positions in trifectas with all fillies named.

Running Totals: (39) 17-9-8 Dollar Return: $89.80 [win only selections, does not reflect Thursday’s results]