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Steve Matthews’ Belmont selections for Saturday, June 4


Best Value: HUSH NOW (2)

FIRST: Forest Boy regressed in last after much-improved third in previous start; rebounds. Overcontrol was a front-end winner in last and fired swift half-mile work in the interim. Marble Falls could play out as the speed of the speed with aggressive ride.

SECOND: Hush Now chased scorching splits and paid the price last time; tighter in second start since four-month absence. Moonlit Sonnet was a winner last time on Gulfstream grass and owns faster back numbers; very dangerous. Moondance Joy has won three of last four on dirt and owns a victory on Belmont grass; right in the thick of this.

THIRD: Achnaha owns fast figures and is a veteran of marathon trips. Littlemissperfect was pace and position compromised last time and could be aided by added ground. Dreaming As Always is a Belmont grass lover that’s training with a purpose for first start since July; don’t overlook.

FOURTH: Mordi’s Miracle gets price hike after clear-cut score in last; pairs up. Tairneach is working swiftly and drops to lifetime low; dangerous. Rich ‘n’ Tuck was just three lengths behind top selection last time; worth a look. Attractive Ride’s speed must be respected.

FIFTH: Bedside Blues is fleet-footed and could play out as the dominant front-runner in turf debut. Quien Sabe moves to grass and makes first start with maiden-claiming tag; wake-up potential. Mascarello moves to sod and owns fast dirt figures; logical, short-priced player.

SIXTH: Saratoga Heater was strong after wide rally in first start since seven-month layoff last time; more in the tank. Tashreeh was a handy, front-running winner in race that was moved to muddy main track last time; very dangerous on any footing. Romans Paradise compiled endurance-building string of 5-furlong works for first start since July; very interesting.

SEVENTH: Brooklyn Major tallied career-best late pace and final figures when third in last; more to come. Jet Black turns back to sprint after fast-figured, front-running second in last; very dangerous. Summer Bourbon has worked sharply since game placing in debut; must consider.

EIGHTH: Kismet’s Heels moves into stakes company after being pace compromised at Keeneland last time; call based on price potential. Hammers Vision displayed improved speed in sprint last time and could play out as the controlling front-runner. Camelot Kitten won Grade 2 stakes at Churchill Downs last month; very dangerous. Dressed in Hermes was victimized by wide trip last time; don’t ignore.

NINTH: Collin’s Smile was a two-move second in last start and rates close call in wide-open dash. Storm Pursuit didn’t handle grass last time but was a fast-figured winner (defeating top selection) at this level on dirt two starts back; big-time player. Bernardo owns fast figures but has been sidelined for 536 days; must take the good with the bad. Because I’m Happy gets class relief and is more than good enough on best races.

TENTH: McIlory logged three tight works for first start since December; call on pace and price potential. Aripeka consistently earns swift numbers and now makes first start since claimed by Danny Gargan; could easily take this. Dream Man packs a powerful late kick on “A” game. Compliance Officer is an eight-time winner on Belmont sod; 10-year-old gelding still can deliver.

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