The NYRA racing week begins with a turf feature--again with the grass feature--only this one is an allowance event--a secondary allowances/optional claiming $50,000--at a mile and a sixteenth on the Widener turf course, that would resemble a stakes anywhere else. We’ll confine our analysis to Leo (3-1), part of the Kiaran McLaughlin trained entry, and Winstrella (9-2), making his turf debut.

Leo is in for $50,000, having won in this condition two starts back, in which he earned a top performance figure. While performing well last out, he was seriously hindered by a very slow pace. With enough speed signed on here, hard-hitting five year old can revert to rating tactics, taking advantage of his inside post and switch to position-conscious Rajiv Maragh.

Winstrella is the unknown danger. On his best day, he has proven faster than these and is bred on both sides of his pedigree for the surface switch. He drops from the stakes ranks for his four year old debut for the Pletcher barn, 22 percent effective with layups of greater than 90 days and a profitable 24 percent efficient with horses making their turf debut. Nature and nurture is a powerful combination.

Taking Leo to win at 3-1 or greater and an exacta box with Winstrella. Trifecta players can include Prince Rahy and the Frankel entry in their mix.

Running Totals: (226) 71-48-24. Total Dollar Return: $440.10 [win selections only]