07/18/2005 11:00PM

Better odds now on Brother Scott


After three straight defeats as the favorite, Brother Scott finally got the job done with the addition of blinkers last time out, winning his maiden in an off-the-turf race as the 2-5 favorite.

figures to offer more value while facing winners for the first time in Thursday's feature race at Belmont Park, a one-other-than allowance for New York-bred 3-year-olds over the inner turf course.

Jose Santos gets a return call in the 1 1/8-mile race on Brother Scott, a Michael Hushion-trained son of Polish Numbers. The rail draw figures to give Santos the option of sending Brother Scott to the front or positioning him behind the lead while saving ground into the clubhouse turn. Whichever strategy Santos chooses, Brother Scott appears to be the one to beat - although it is a cause for concern that it took Brother Scott nearly 29 seconds to complete the final quarter-mile of his one-mile maiden win.

Among the six rivals lining up to challenge Brother Scott are Goodtimes at Home and Meet My Buddy, a couple of recent maiden winners who woke up in their first attempt on the grass.

refused to be defeated and nosed out Brother Scott last month in his first career try beyond six furlongs. Trained by Phil Serpe, Goodtimes at Home has been working well at his Saratoga base since his June 12 victory and will again be ridden by Jose Sierra.

, trained by Michael Miceli, rallied into a hot pace to win his maiden going away when stretched out to a mile and switched to apprentice jockey Channing Hill, who again has the mount Thursday.

, a Patrick Kelly-trained late-runner, finished second over this course and at this condition two starts back. He will get both blinkers and Lasix for the first time in this race.

A son of Royal Anthem, Key Event gets a rider change to Pablo Fragoso and is one to watch from off the pace.

Boggy Creek Dancer, Buxton Hill, and Decourcey round out the field.

The remainder of the Belmont card includes four maiden races and four claimers, one for 3-year-old fillies on the grass and three for older horses on the main track.