Fridays Belmont feature for state-breds, a non-winners of two other than/$30,000 optional claimer, drew a large competitive field. Looks like a race with money-making potential. The problem is how.

There are younger, classy types--not as accomplished, but with great potential--vs. some very sharp, older hard hitters. Weve narrowed the field down to four, from the inside out; recent returnee Ruffino, ship-in Lookmeintheeye, classy layup Devils Concierge, and the pointing Building New Era.

Ruffino may battle for favoritism with Devils Concierge. Lightly raced, Ruffino wins by large margins and is a perfect 2-for-2 at the distance around one turn. Generally, when Jimmy Bonds horses get good, they stay that was for a while. Speed and finishing power are great weapons. His preference for Belmonts surface is an unknown.

Lookmeintheeye ships in for crafty connections and broke his maiden vs. New York breds on this racetrack, at this distance. Not insignificant, that. Trainer Michael Aro brings Ryan Barber along from Philly Park to guide the potential surprise package.

When last seen, Devils Concierge was tiring after moving wide into a lively pace in the Grade 2 Bay Shore at 3. Hes working bullets for his return for Rick Dutrow, adept with long term absentees, and names Edgar Prado. Think hes live?

Building New Era makes his second start off the freshening for Gary Contessa with a switch to Alan Garcia, a potent tandem in New York this season. His tactical speed and outside position should enable a comfortable stalking trip, and he figures to be in this to the finish.

In a tough, tough heat, taking Ruffino to win at 3-1 or greater, and keying him first and second in trifectas with Devils Concierge, Lookmeintheeye and Building New Era.

Running Totals (through Wednesdays racing): (19) 7-5-4. ROI: $49.80