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Steve Matthews’ Belmont selections for Sunday, July 3


Best Value: VIVA MAJORCA (8)

FIRST: Alluring Miss is speedy, moves to dirt and adds blinkers; controlling front-runner. Malibu Princess was a clear-cut second in last; very dangerous. Theatric is fleet-footed and gets Lasix; must consider.

SECOND: Lady Joan made mild rally in debut and should be aided by switch to sod. Iron Mizz raced wide when fifth in debut; improvement expected. Blush Now is from a dam that’s produced three turf winners; follow the money.

THIRD: Tale of the Heart compiled stamina-building work slate for first start in more than a year; rates close call. David Jacobson entry: Aripeka is 1-for-1 on Belmont grass and makes first start since claimed and mate You Know I Know would be aided by pace meltdown. Protection took backward step in last after determined win in previous start; rebound threat.

FOURTH: Haveyougoneaway tallied swift internal and final figs when a clear-cut second in last; more to give. Perfect Freud is speedy and should be aided by cutback to sprint. Court Dancer also is fleet-footed and owns swift final numbers; right in the thick of this.

FIFTH: Stormy Victoria Euro-bounced in last after faster-figured win in U.S. debut; rebounds. Irish Jasper moves to grass for Chad Brown; dangerous. Miss Ella was a deceptively-strong third in last; worth long look.

SIXTH: Majestic Bloom wheels back in a hurry and returns to dirt; speed of the speed with aggressive ride. Buckskin Doll gets confident price boost in first start since claimed by Jason Servis; very dangerous. Hot Dudette is fresh and looms a big-time front-end threat on “A” game.

SEVENTH: Royal Temptress drops and makes peak start of form cycle. Wild Chatter packs potent late kick; big-time player. Voila La Victoire took backward step in last after winning previous outing; rebound potential.

EIGHTH: Viva Majorca is firing bullets for first grass start; primed and ready. Macagone can prove very tough on an unchallenged lead; dangerous. Blacktype makes third start since 10-month layoff; very interesting.

NINTH: Here Comes Tommy exits non-stressful conditioning effort on turf last time; forward move predicted with return to dirt. Jet Black has worked three times since fast-figured maiden win in last; big-time player. Humboldt N Frost fired half-mile bullet since front-end score last out; worth long look.

TENTH: Forma’s Joy was victimized by wide trip in last and owns competitive numbers on best efforts; throw deep in wide-open nightcap. Flying K C was pace and position compromised when a strong second in last; very playable. Hyde Park Express owns speed and starts from the hedge on tight-turned turf course; price will be tempting. Little Mary Ellen will also offer boxcar odds and should have more to give in second start since seven-month absence.

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