05/10/2010 11:00PM

Biz Jet, at 1-2, the obvious choice


ELMONT, N.Y. - It's unofficially Ladies Day at Belmont Park, where seven races on Thursday's program are for females, including a pair of $53,000 optional claimers at 1 1/16 miles for 3-year-olds.

Tom Albertrani is off to a solid start at the meet with three wins, but his average mutuel ($10.70) figures to take a hit in race 5, when Biz Jet breaks from the outside as the 1-2 morning-line choice against five rivals out of the chute.

Biz Jet, a Brazilian-bred daughter of the 2004 Kentucky Derby and Preakness winner, Smarty Jones, dueled through fast fractions and finished a close second in her six-furlong debut at Gulfstream Park. She then stretched out to win going away at seven furlongs, with Alan Garcia riding again.

"I was surprised she showed that kind of speed first time out," said Albertrani. "The second time, she rated a little bit and seemed happy to sit off the leaders. Pedigree-wise, she gives every indication she'll get the trip with no problem. Breaking from the outside, Alan can let her find her own rhythm."

Hot Trip and Cape Cod Carrie won maiden special weights going a mile at Gulfstream, and loom the most logical threats. Another contender is Next Exit, a Fair Hill-based filly who won a first-level allowance at Laurel Park during the winter and is thus in for $75,000.

Also in for $75,000 is Tanis's Dixie Tune, a last-out allowance winner at Philadelphia Park trained by Ned Allard.

Suzanne, who has raced on turf in her last five starts, completes the lineup. She worked a bullet half-mile on the main track last week.

A baker's dozen of turf-meant fillies signed on for race 8, to be run on the Widener course, weather permitting.

Protesting drops out of a fourth-place finish in the Ashland for Shug McGaughey, and tries grass for the first time. A Phipps Stable homebred, she is a half-brother to Parading, who won the Grade 2 Dixie on turf at Pimlico last year for these same connections.

Trip handicappers will give a long look to Rhys, a Storm Cat filly who was rank early and lacked room late at Gulfstream last out.

"Very rough trip - no luck whatsoever," recalled Albertrani, who trains Rhys. Jockey Chris DeCarlo, said Albertrani, "was hoping something would open up inside turning for home, but it never did."

Other contenders include Mehndi, Rumpus Room, Senada, and Vee.