05/27/2011 12:24PM

Belmont: Fast & firm

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  The main track is fast and the turf courses are firm for Friday's program. The nominal feature is race 8, a $54,000 optional claimer at 6 1/2 furlongs that attracted five fillies and mares, headed by the Mark Hennig-trained Taconic Victory and the Bruce Brown-trained Devilish Spirit.

  Brown sends out contenders in several races earlier on the card, beginning with the opener, where Reproduction has opened at odds-on in a $20,000 claimer that has scratched down to six 3-year-old fillies.