Updated on 09/15/2011 1:34PM

Which one loves inner track more?

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Strolling Belle, 3 for 4 on the inner track, will prep for the Ladies Handicap in an allowance.

JAMAICA, N.Y. - Horse-for-course players will be in a quandary Friday when it comes to handicapping Aqueduct's feature, a $56,000 classified allowance race for fillies and mares at nine furlongs.

Both Strolling Belle (3 for 4) and Stop for Schnapps (3 for 5) have shown an affinity for Aqueduct's inner track that makes them the main contenders in a highly-contentious allowance event, which serves as a prep for the $100,000 Ladies Handicap on Dec. 22.

Strolling Belle is the two-time defending winner of the Ladies, and in both years she won the allowance prep for that race. Friday, she will have to do it carrying 123 pounds, 13 more than Stop for Schnapps.

A 5-year-old mare, Strolling Belle is coming off a third-place finish as the 3-5 favorite in the Grade 3 Turnback the Alarm Handicap over the main track on Nov. 3. In that race, Strolling Belle stumbled at the start, and was then pinned along the inside by Unrestrained. When she finally found running room, it was too late and Strolling Belle had to settle for third behind longshot winner Rochelle's Terms.

"She never got a chance to run at any point in the race," trainer John Kimmel said. "She stumbled leaving there; she was the controlling speed and ended up way back."

Strolling Belle will break from post 5 Friday and will be reunited with Heberto Castillo Jr., who has been aboard for all three of Strolling Belle's inner track victories.

Apprentice Lorenzo Lezcano was aboard for all five of trainer Nick Zito's wins over the main track, including a neck victory on Stop for Schnapps in a third-level allowance race on Nov. 6. Last winter, Stop for Schnapps won three races over the inner track.

In her last four starts, the New Jersey-bred Gaelic Bay has three wins and a second. The second came in the Long Look Handicap at The Meadowlands when she was the beneficiary of Strolling Belle - who finished second - being disqualified from second and placed fourth. In her last start, Gaelic Bay rallied from 14 lengths back to win by restricted Wistful Handicap by four.

Kimberley Mine, a Group 1 winner in South Africa, has been a huge disappointment in three North American starts. Trainer Todd Pletcher takes the blinkers off and removes the anti-bleeding medication Lasix from Kimberley Mine in hopes of a turnaround. Given Pletcher's recent run of good fortune, Kimberley Mine could be a nice value play.

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