Maybe its because theres been a plethora of state-bred feature races at the Belmont fall meet that ends today, but it just seemed that Saturdays Showcase Day program--one of my favorite events of the New York season and generally a great betting program--landed a little flat.

There werent many compelling storylines going in, and not many horses that had your heart racing in anticipation. Of the few there were, most were beaten. Big Truck looked like a promising juvenile for Barclay Tagg, the same man that used this program to showcase (pun intended) Funny Cide five years ago.

The future Derby winner won by a pole. But Big Truck was a no-excuses third to what might be another nice colt, Giant Moon, now 2-for-2 in his career. Trainer Rick Schosberg just continues to roll!

Expect The End, a promising juvenile miss from the Rick Dutrow barn, lived up to her hype, though, drawing away impressively to begin the program. But that might have been as much the failure of surprising post time favorite Meriweather Jessica--no match for the winner when the serious running started at midstretch--as the winners talent.

Or maybe she just made Jessica look bad. We shall see.

Rewrite continues to be a revelation in the filly and mare turf division, benefiting from well timed handling from Garrett Gomez yesterday to turn the tables on her recent conquerors.

Stormin Normandy is a nice sprinter, but he needs to run straight in the lane. He justifiably was disqualified when he bore out leaving the sixteenth pole, impeding Ferocious Fires, placed first following a stewards inquiry.

The centerpiece Empire Classic has a history of upsets and that tradition continued.

Dr. Vs Magic won it for Dominic Galluscio, whose done this kind of upset thing before in the Classic. And its that much sweeter when its with a horse that you breed yourself, making everyone happy. The owners get the lions share of the $250,000 purse; the trainer gets a substantial breeders award in addition to his 10 percent of the purse.

He saddled the 15-1 upsetter wearing his lucky suit, which also won a Classic before.

There was no word, however, on whether Galluscio had it cleaned between starts. Everybody knows you never mess with Mojo. Just put that ensemble back in the closet and wait until next year.

Happy Aqueduct.