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Steve Matthews’ Belmont selections for Friday, June 10



Best Value: EVIDENTLY (2)

FIRST: Bombs Away has trained sharply since even third in debut; more to come. One More Round owns fast figs but has finished second in last three starts; continues trend? Whitegate compiled tight work tab for 3-year-old debut; price will be tempting.

SECOND: Evidently tallied swift late-pace figure when a tough-trip second in last; first-time Lasix seals the deal. All in Fun was second in race that was moved to dirt last out and owns win on Belmont sod; dangerous. Pine Needles consistently logs fast numbers.

THIRD: Theogony runs late and should appreciate 12-furlong trip. Mei Ling will prove tough on an unchallenged lead. Joint Return could impact if pace meltdown ensues.

FOURTH: Pachi Cruze displayed passing gear when winning debut. Silver Mission was a front-running winner in first start; must respect. Lady Stardust also displayed speed when winning debut; right in the thick of this.

FIFTH: One True Kiss could receive ideal, front-end setup in speed-laden field. Quick Release is quick from gate and will offer generous ticket; worth long look. Appealing Maggie is fleet-footed and fresh; dangerous.

SIXTH: Mav tallied crisp final fraction when second in last; more to give. Rock Eagle, a fast-figured third in last, logged only win on Belmont grass. Good Response owns fast late-pace figs on “A” game.

SEVENTH: Dreamsdocometrue should pack amplified kick with slight cutback in distance. Adulator has fired bullets since convincing maiden score on April 16; dangerous. Ekhlaas is training with a purpose for first start in 14 months; more than good enough if ready. Condo King could play out as the speed of the speed with aggressive ride.

EIGHTH: Always Sunshine owns stalker’s style and is favorably posted outside in contentious field. Catalina Red also should be ideally positioned and was a top-figured winner in last; very dangerous. Dads Caps is more than good enough on best efforts.

NINTH: Sea Calisi impressed when winning U.S. debut; more in the tank. Photo Call is speedy and handles the 10-furlong trip; very dangerous. Trophee owns a win and a second in two starts on Belmont turf; don’t ignore surface lover.

TENTH: Up With the Birds could be bested suited to mind-numbing 2-mile trip. Da Big Hoss loves marathon distances; dangerous. Now We Can attempted distance (finished 12th) in Dubai; don’t dismiss.

ELEVENTH: Cuckoo’s Saloon regressed in last after game placing in previous start; rebounds. Summer by the Lake endured rough trip in debut; added ground could play to strength. Heavenly Sun compiled tight work slate since being eased last fall; dangerous if all is well. Move Forward looms a big-time stretch threat if pace meltdown comes to pass.

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