ELMONT, N.Y. &ndash; Takaful was sensational in his debut at Belmont Park last October. He won a 6 1/2&#45;furlong maiden race by eight lengths, leaving his rivals spread out behind him in parade formation. Following a half&#45;mile in 44.96 seconds, he completed the distance in 1:15.82, earning a 92 Beyer Speed Figure.The performance was so encouraging that Takaful would make his next three starts in the Grade 2 Remsen, Grade 3 Jerome, and Grade 2 Fountain of Youth. But Takaful proved too keen early in those longer races and finished third at 4&#45;5, seventh at even&#45;money, and eighth at 14&#45;1.Trainer Kiaran McLaughlin has since freshened the Shadwell homebred son of Bernardini, who will return to the races Thursday at Belmont in a first&#45;level allowance sprint.&ldquo;We&rsquo;re starting over at six furlongs, back here at Belmont,&rdquo; McLaughlin said. &ldquo;We wanted to see if the Derby was possible or not, but he wasn&rsquo;t relaxing in those longer races. If he runs well at six furlongs, we won&rsquo;t push it; maybe try seven furlongs.&rdquo;There is a pick&#45;six carryover of $34,098 on the Thursday card, which also includes a first&#45;level allowance on turf and a 2&#45;year&#45;old maiden race.An allowance sprint would seem like a comfortable fit for Takaful&rsquo;s comeback, but there isn&rsquo;t a soft touch in the seven&#45;horse field. The tough older New York&#45;bred Rectify, who comes out of the Affirmed Success Stakes, should hit hard at this level.The field also includes Silver Assault, a stakes&#45;tested West Coast transplant who will be making his 3&#45;year&#45;old debut and first start for Bill Mott, plus the last&#45;out winners Toga Challenger and Pop the Hood.Throw in Capitaine, who showed talent at 2, and seven&#45;time winner Curious Cal, and Takaful had better have his running shoes laced tight.&ldquo;He&rsquo;s been training great,&rdquo; McLaughlin said. &ldquo;He&rsquo;s ready, but this is a really tough race.&rdquo;Allowance, Race 7Key ContendersTakaful, by Bernardini Last 3 Beyers: 55&#45;29&#45;77◗ He faces other speed in here, and the early pace should be hot.Rectify, by More Than Ready Last 3 Beyers: 77&#45;93&#45;103◗ He tired in the 12&#45;horse Affirmed Success after being part of a four&#45;horse contested pace. The winner, Celtic Chaos, closed from last.◗ Trainer Charlton Baker has freshened him for this race. He looks ready for a top effort.Toga Challenger, by Successful Appeal Last 3 Beyers: 86&#45;84&#45;73◗ Steadily improving runner for Rudy Rodriguez may get a good trip from several lengths off the pace.Capitaine, by Tapit Last Beyers: 66&#45;65&#45;83◗ Trained by Mark Hennig, he was 3&#45;10 against three rivals in the Grade 2 Nashua last fall but stumbled badly at the start. He has every right to be a nice horse at 3, but this is a tough spot following a six&#45;month layoff.Silver Assault, by Maclean&rsquo;s Music Last 3 Beyers: 71&#45;72&#45;69◗ He started off strong at 2 out west and then tailed off. He will be returning from a seven&#45;month layoff for a new barn on the opposite coast. Difficult to know what to expect.