ELMONT, N.Y. &ndash; It isn&rsquo;t often the best &ndash; and richest &ndash; race of the day is carded as the opener, but such is the case Friday at Belmont Park when eight 3-year-olds are scheduled to run in the $60,000 Fifth Marine Stakes at a mile over the Widener Turf Course.\r\nThe Fifth Marine is one of two overnight stakes on the program. The $60,000 Salute Me Sir for New York-breds on dirt, drew a field of five and will be run as the third race.\r\nNordic Truce, a two-time stakes winner, shortens up to a mile after running fourth in the Grade 2 Hall of Fame Stakes at Saratoga going 1 1/8 miles, Nordic Truce has two wins and a neck loss in the Grade 3 Hill Prince going one mile.\r\n&ldquo;I think the distance should be ideal for him,&rdquo; trainer Christophe Clement said. &ldquo;I think he&rsquo;ll stay the mile and an eighth, but going a mile there should be more pace and with more pace it&rsquo;ll give him a chance to settle.&rdquo;\r\nIn the Hall of Fame, Nordic Truce was rank early on and had little with left to finish as he was beaten 1 3/4 lengths by Interactif. Nordic Truce won the first three starts of his career, including the Dania Beach at Gulfstream and the Grade 3 Transylvania at Keeneland.\r\nJulien Leparoux, aboard for those stakes wins, is aboard again on Friday.\r\nRadiohead was a Group 2 stakes winner in England before being purchased by a group led by IEAH Stable and turned over to Richard Dutrow Jr. He raced twice this winter on dirt, winning a conditioned allowance race at a mile before finishing ninth in the Grade 1 Florida Derby, a race he went into battling quarter cracks.\r\nDutrow has alternated Radiohead&rsquo;s recent training between turf and dirt and is anxious though not overly confident his horse is ready to fire off a six-month layoff.\r\n&ldquo;It&rsquo;s hard for me to answer questions about him,&rdquo; Dutrow said. &ldquo;I need to watch him run. He may need a race. I didn&rsquo;t think he needed a race when he ran a mile at Gulfstream; I was pretty confident then. I&rsquo;m not as confident now.&rdquo;\r\nCornelio Velasquez rides Radiohead.\r\nAsphalt takes a drop in class and returns to the course over which he won a maiden race last September. He shortens up in distance after finishing sixth in the Grade 2 American Derby going 1 3/16 miles.\r\nLighthouse Sound, Lubash, and Raging Wit are other contenders in this field.