Updated on 09/16/2011 8:39AM

A distinct class edge

Adam Coglianese/NYRA
Shine Again will prep for the Aug. 2 Honorable Miss in Thursday's allowance feature.

ELMONT, N.Y. - Without the likes of Xtra Heat and Gold Mover to deal with, Shine Again should find the company more to her liking Thursday when she heads a six-horse field entered in a money allowance race at Belmont Park.

Shine Again, who knocked off Dream Supreme and Spain in last year's Grade 1 Ballerina at Saratoga, has not competed in allowance company since April 4, 2001. Since then, she has finished in the money in eight of nine stakes, including wins in the Ballerina, Grade 2 First Flight, and ungraded Geisha Handicap.

A daughter of Wild Again, Shine Again finished second, only a length behind defending 3-year-old filly champion Xtra Heat in the Genuine Risk Handicap on May 12. She then finished a less-threatening third to Xtra Heat and Gold Mover in the Vagrancy Handicap on June 9. Jerkens said he had no legitimate excuse why Shine Again regressed in the Vagrancy.

There are no sprint stakes for fillies and mares in New York until the Honorable Miss on Aug. 2 at Saratoga, and this allowance should serve as a useful prep for that stakes. The goal for Shine Again is defense of her Ballerina title on Aug. 25.

Asked if Thursday's 6 1/2-furlong race might be deemed a confidence builder, Jerkens said, "Yeah, for me.' Jerkens is still smarting from the last-place finish by Shiny Band in last Saturday's Ogden Phipps Handicap.

Shine Again, who is 2-4-2 from eight starts at Belmont, blew out three furlongs in 35.09 seconds Tuesday over the training track. It was the best of nine moves at the distance. At 122 pounds, Shine Again will concede four to 12 pounds to her five rivals.

Trainer Richard Dutrow Jr. sends out the coupled entry of Bella Rouge and Crescent Coast. Bella Rouge has won three of four starts since Dutrow claimed her for $45,000 last Dec. 12. A New York-bred daughter of A. P Jet, Bella Rouge has defeated open company in each of her last two starts.

Crescent Coast stumbled at the start of a May 24 allowance race, finishing third, her first start since finishing second to Shiny Band last Oct. 12. Edgar Prado rides from post 5.

Horse-for-course players may take a stab with Radiance, a 7-year-old Venezuelan-bred mare who is 7-2-0 from 10 starts at Belmont. She has been freshened since being claimed by Mitch Friedman on May 10 and shows a nice half-mile move in 48 seconds on June 19. Radiance figures to be prominent early.

Home on the Hill and Kiss a Miss complete the field.

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