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Steve Matthews’ Belmont selections for Saturday, May 14

Best Bet: HIT IT ONCE MORE (4)

Best Value: RECEPTA (8)

FIRST: Tiyo compiled tight work tab for first start since December; primed for forward move. Miss Aja Brown was a front-running second in last and should have more to give in third race since layoff. Tiz Twice could be aided by today’s added ground; worth long look at long price.

SECOND: Jumpin Jac Flash earned career-best pace figures in last; call based on price potential. Giant Fox could be the prime beneficiary if fractions get fast and furious. Sunny Puzzle was a strong second in last start; very dangerous. Manhattan Johnnie owns fast back numbers; don’t ignore.

THIRD: Justalittlebitmore was a late-running second in last and should benefit from today’s longer trip. Doctor Mounty was second as the favorite in last; history repeats? Tale of Mist logged four tight works since last start; price will be tempting.

FOURTH: Hit It Once More overcame bad break when tallying fast late pace figure to win last; pairs up. Proletariat is speedy and will prove very tough on an unchallenged lead. Clifton Pleasure was a fast-figured second in last; right in the thick of this.

FIFTH: Ordinaire is rested, training with a purpose and favorably posted outside; rates close call. Gorelli owns three seconds and two thirds in six starts; logical player. Royal Ekati compiled strong work slate for debut; follow the money.

SIXTH: Orino has been idle since November but delivered most recent win after a layoff on Belmont turf last spring. Ascend logged fast final fractions when winning last two starts; very playable. Adirondack Dancer is rested and consistently delivers strong efforts; big-time player.

SEVENTH: Include Betty is 2-for-2 at the distance and 1-for-1 at Belmont Park; sharp work tab seals the deal. Cavorting also loves Belmont and has the necessary speed to get position from the rail. Carrumba owns four wins and three seconds in seven starts; logical, short-priced player.

EIGHTH: Recepta needed last and owns fast back numbers; forward move predicted. Tickling Katie is 1-for-1 on Belmont sod and should offer generous ticket; worth long look. My Miss Sophia also is 1-for-1 on Belmont grass and could play out as the dominant speed.

NINTH: Governor Malibu tallied swift late pace number when dq’d from top honors in Laurel stake last out; three, sharp 5-furlong works in the interim is the clincher. Unified has logged fast-figured wins in both career starts and has trained impressively for Peter Pan; short price is the knock. Adventist has yet to take a backward step on the numbers in four lifetime starts; must consider.

TENTH: Up With the Birds was pace compromised in last at Keeneland and owns a win and a second in two starts on Belmont turf; rates call in wide-open Man o’War. Biz The Nurse compiled solid work slate for first start since July; dangerous. Kaigun fires big efforts with machine-like consistency; right in the thick of this.

ELEVENTH: Hillaryinthehouse was speed sharpened in last and projects as the controlling front-runner with aggressive ride. Amazing Anne should pack enhanced late kick with cutback to 7 furlongs; very dangerous. Ancient Secret was a confident winner in debut last fall and is training strongly for return for Chad Brown; could easily take this. Light-years Away owns speed and should be aided by shorter trip; don’t dismiss.

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