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Steve Matthews’ Belmont selections for Friday, May 20

Best Bet: CHOW FUN (7)

Best Value: COZY KITTEN (4)

FIRST: Sweetneida makes quick return, switches surfaces and owns fast numbers on best efforts; call in weak opener. Megan’s Muse logged five tight works for first start since March 13 and is favorably posted outside; dangerous. Regifting would be aided by pace meltdown.

SECOND: Mary’s in Utopia displayed improved speed in last and should be nearing peak in fourth start since eight-month layoff. Secret Eden drops, moves to dirt and adds blinkers; forward move predicted. Gregg’s Beauty could prove very tough on an unchallenged lead.

THIRD: Bermuda Triangle was speed sharpened in last and fired crisp, half-mile work in the interim; enhanced staying power today. Drop Shot was a late-running second in last and could be aided by today’s longer trip. Noble and True logged fast numbers in both dirt starts and is from a dam that has produced two turf winners. Dhukhr debuts for Chad Brown; need more?

FOURTH: Cozy Kitten was compromised by wide trip in last after earning swift final fraction in previous start; rebounds at fat price. Live in Joy is fleet-footed and could capitalize on soft lead; dangerous. Jacobson entry: Husband’s Folly owns fast figs and mate Little Jerry owns speed; potent pairing.

FIFTH: Junger compiled strong work slate for first start since December; career-best predicted. Bold Illusion owns speed and should be favorably positioned in big field; worth long look. Fleeting Gold is riding a forward line on the numbers and should handle switch to sod.

SIXTH: Lottsa Noodles fired half-mile bullet for first start in 49 days and logged most recent win at one-turn mile. Over My Head tallied improved pace figures in last and could be sitting on forward move at juicy ticket. Lutheran Miss is rested and owns speed and fast numbers on “A”game. Is She Hot was a determined winner at this level in last; right in the thick of this.

SEVENTH: Chow Fun logged solid final fraction when a hard-charging winner on Big A turf last time; amplified kick at 6 furlongs. Magsamelia owns speed and notched two of three lifetime wins on Belmont sod; very playable. More Than Rainbows also is fleet-footed and must be respected.

EIGHTH: Blugrascat’s Smile returns to grass after useful fifth in first start since two-month layoff last time; more to give. Uncle Youdge owns sprinter’s speed and could play out as the controlling front-runner. E J’s Legacy is firing bullets for first start since January; big-time player.

NINTH: Three Eighty Eight tallied swift late pace figure when second in debut; more to come. Love Blues was just a half-length behind top selection when third in last; must consider. Forma’s Joy makes first start with maiden-claiming tag; worth long look. She’s All Love was a hard-charging second in first grass start at Laurel; must be factored into the mix. Justenufflaughter is riding a forward line on late pace and final figs. Weekend Hottie needed last and owns fast back numbers; big-time player. Pussy Willow is speedy, lightly raced and improving.

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