Today’s feature is an overnight stakes, the Valor Lady, for older fillies and mares sprinting six furlongs on the inner turf course. Half of the eight fillies entered can win. They are, from the inside, out: Brazilian (8-1), Astronomia (9-2), Stormy Kiss (5-2) and Trouble Maker (6-1).

Brazilian is making his second start for Christophe Clement, a high percentage situation. She finished strongly late off moderate fractions after shaking clear late inside--showing improvement in her debut for Clement--as the pace was heating up, and was beaten less than two lengths by the race favorite here. She appears to be at her best sprinting and classes up nicely.

Astronomia raced wide in a Grade 3 at a mile here less than a week ago and now is entered back quickly at a preferred sprint distance for her. She finished like a wild horse to win her 5-½ furlong prior, completely outclassing secondary allowance rivals. She meets tougher here but not as good as she faced most recently. She switches to suddenly hot riding Javier Castellano.

Stormy Kiss is a deserving favorite. She is consistently faster than this group and she finished like a wild horse in her sprint finale at Saratoga. While she may be winless on turf, her performance figures are excellent and there’s no trainer hotter this last week in New York than Barclay Tagg. The filly’s regular rider Eibar Coa takes the call. She has tactical speed and excellent kick.

When last seen July 12, Trouble Maker was outclassing secondary allowance rivals on the Belmont turf, at today’s distance. Freshened at Saratoga since, she returns here under optimal conditions and has trained steadily and well. The spacing for her return is good and trainer Albertrani is profitable with horses attempting to repeat.
Taking projected value on Brazilian, at 5-1 or greater, and keying her first and second in trifectas with her three main rivals.

Running Totals: (105) 39-26-11. Dollar Return: $227.30 [win selections only]