ELMONT, N.Y. &ndash; The front&#45;running Acquired Cat will certainly be a deserving favorite in Friday&rsquo;s featured turf sprint at Belmont Park. But with the presence of other speed horses in the field and the likelihood of a turf course with plenty of give to it, Acquired Cat&rsquo;s run of five consecutive turf sprint victories could be in jeopardy.Since being claimed for $35,000 in May 2009 by trainer Dominic Galluscio on behalf of Peter and Eloise Canzone, Acquired Cat has won 6 of 8 starts with one second. The only bad effort came in last year&rsquo;s Ticonderoga, when she attempted 1 1/8 miles over soft turf. She set the pace and faded to 10th.Acquired Cat is 3 for 3 in turf sprints this year, all coming at this same $50,000 claiming level for New York&#45;breds. Acquired Cat has not been out since wining gate to wire on Aug. 1 at Saratoga going 5 1/2 furlongs. Galluscio said the horse had a foot bruise, shortly after that race, but &ldquo;she&rsquo;s excellent&rdquo; now.Acquired Cat, who is 7 for 17 at Belmont, appears to do her best running on the lead, but may be hard&#45;pressed to get it with Yo Karakorum, Zip By You, We Need VLTs and others in the field.The race could set up for Royal Rhetoric, a 3&#45;year&#45;old who is in this race under the second&#45;level statebred condition. Royal Rhetoric, trained by Joe Aquilino, has won both of her last turf sprints including a first&#45;level allowance race here on Oct. 8 by two lengths going seven furlongs.Royal Rhetoric is coming back on just two weeks&rsquo; rest, but she has only raced five times this year. Her two wins have come over good or yielding ground.&ldquo;She came out of her last race good,&rdquo; Aquilino said. &ldquo;It&rsquo;s the end of October, and she probably only has two raced left before grass season is over. As long as she&rsquo;s doing fine, let&rsquo;s try it before we give her the winter off.&rdquo;Four horses who Acquired Cat beat in that Aug. 1 race at Saratoga are back to take her on again in this spot. Zip By You, who finished fourth that day, was bumped early on in the race by Raffie&rsquo;s Rose &ndash; who is in this field &ndash; and cashed the winner throughout the race. She was only beaten a quarter&#45;length for second. She comes off seventh&#45;place finish in an off&#45;the&#45;turf race at this level on Sept. 29.Doree Daze figures a big price in this field, but she was beaten only 1 1/2 lengths by Acquired Cat over this turf course in June.