09/27/2007 8:48AM

SHOWdown Day 2


You had to try pretty hard to get knocked out of the Belmont SHOWdown on its opening day Wednesday since the favorite hit the board in all nine races and the Beautful Pleasure Stakes went off as a four-horse race -- no actual show betting permitted but anyone except 14-1 Dina worked for contest purposes. That means we survived our mythical entry, where no morning-line favorites are allowed, when second-choice Altesse ran second of four at 2.20-1.

Today let's try ML 5-2 Talking Treasure in the featured Floral Park Handicap. Favorite Ice Cool Kitty looks like a standout on ability but might not be at her optimal distance while Talking Treasure drew well outside and is 3-for-3 going seven furlongs.