09/25/2010 11:16AM

Belmont: Fast & firm


  Fast and firm on the first fall Saturday of Belmont's fall meet, with a headwind down the backstretch.

  The 10-race card is highlighted by the Grade 2 Gallant Bloom Handicap, which is race 9 and the third leg of a $300k guaranteed late pick-4. Question marks surround the top three contenders: Sara Louise makes her first start in 10 months, and missed the Honorable Miss with a bruised foot; Qualia was eased in the Ballerina after her saddled slipped in the early going; and likely pacesetter Rapport takes on older rivals after a bias-aided Victory Ride score on the Travers undercard.