06/03/2011 11:29AM

Belmont: Fast & firm


  The main track is fast and the turf courses are firm for Friday's card, where the richest races are a $60,000 maiden special-weight dash for 2-year-olds (2nd) and the $60,000 Wandering Cloud overnight stakes (8th).

  Todd Pletcher sends out two of the five juveniles in race 2, with Behemoth breaking from the rail and Algorithms from the outside in a five-horse field.

  Ava K. will be favored over five rivals, including returning Maid of the Mist winner Sentimental Lass, in the Wandering Cloud.

  Javier Castellano, who rode five winners from eight mounts yeserday to take over the lead, 32-29, from Cornelio Velasquez, is on several contenders today including River Fancy in the opener; Algorithms in the baby race; and Fiscal Stimulus, the 8-5 morning-line favorite in race 7.