"Maybe we'll have a reversal," Pletcher said. "Last year, we won the United Nations and didn't run any good in here. This year we didn't run any good in the United Nations, so maybe we'll win here."Balto Star, who will be ridden by John Velazquez and carry 120 pounds, seems to always makes the lead. When he is able to get clear, that helps. It still doesn't make him a cinch."He's a great horse when the pace scenario unfolds the right way, he's capable of beating anyone," Pletcher said. Sam Knighton's Request for Parole, who carries top weight of 123 pounds in the field of six, won the United Nations and will likely be favored in the Sword Dancer. Trainer Stanley Hough passed up a chance to run in the Arlington Million, opting instead to keep the 5-year-old closer to home."I considered the Arlington Million, but that race is a mile and a quarter," said Hough. "I wanted to keep him at a mile and a half or a mile and three-eighths. The Manhattan was a mile and a quarter and he ran good (fifth) without getting the best trip, but I think he's a little better at a mile and three-eighths to a mile and a half."If all goes well, Request for Parole's next two starts would be during Belmont Park's Fall Championship Meet in a pair of grade I events – the $500,000 Man o' War on Sept. 11 and the $750.000 Joe Hirsch Turf Classic on Oct. 2. With a chance of rain through Friday, Hough is hoping the grass does not get too wet for the Sword Dancer. "I don't want a soft course," Hough said. "If we don't get a lot of rain and Saturday is a nice day, we should be okay. The only race that he didn't run well on the grass was over a soft course. He has run okay on a good course. A little give would be okay."Trainer Dallas Stewart will saddle Chrysalis Stables' Silverfoot in the Sword Dancer. The 4-year-old gelding has never been worse than fourth on the grass with four victories to his credit. He rallied to finish second going 1 1/2 miles in the Stars & Stripes at Arlington last month, but was disqualified to fourth."He had some bad luck in the Stars & Stripes," Stewart said. "He's been right there in all his turf races. This could be a big weekend for us. This is where we can hopefully get even for all the rent we've paid up here."$500,000 Sword Dancer Invitational (gr. IT, 4:55 ET), 3 & up, 1 1/2 miles on turf
PP. HORSE, TRAINER, JOCKEY, WGT.
1. Balto Star, Todd Pletcher, John Velazquez, 120
2. Silverfoot, Dallas Stewart, Robby Albarado, 116
3. Better Talk Now, H. Graham Motion, Ramon Dominguez, 118
4. Request for Parole, Stanley Hough, Javier Castellano, 123
5. Rochester, Jonathan Sheppard, Cornelio Velasquez, 116
6. B. A. Way, Richard Violette, Shaun Bridgmohan, 116