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STEVE MATTHEWS | SATURDAY AT BELMONT

11 1⁄16 (Inner Turf). 2yo. Maiden Special Weight. Purse: $75,000. Post — 1:30 p.m.1Twelfthofneverland(L)119Davis4-8-xHandal8-12The Other Kessler(L1)119Cancelx-x-xDonk12-13Halladay(L)119Franco3-3-xPletcher3-14One Mission(L)119Lezcano4-8-xMott8-15Gearhead(L)119Rosario6-x-xTrombetta15-16War Detonator(L1)119Castellanox-x-xBrown5-27Seismic Wave119Alvaradox-x-xMott6-18Junkanoo(L1)119Gaffalionex-x-xBrown3-1Also Eligible

9Ian Glass(L)119Castellano8-x-xMorley12-110Hubba Bubba(L)119Rosario2-9-xCannizzo7-211Throw Down119Pratx-x-xMcGaughey III8-112Bridgetothefuture(L)119Fragoso9-8-5Arriaga30-1Main Track Only

13Kentucky Wildcat(L1)119No Rider6-x-xAlbertrani8-1One Mission compiled tight work tab for first start since July; primed for best. Halladay is speedy and from a dam that has thrown two grass winners; very dangerous. War Detonator and Junkanoo are uncoupled firsters from the Chad Brown barn; good luck deciding which is the better of the two.

21 Mile. 3&Up. Allowance Optional Claiming. Purse: $85,000.1Small Bear(L)126Davis2-6-5Sciacca5-12Favorable Outcome(L)122Castellano2-5-2Brown6-53Backsideofthemoon(L)126Cohen3-6-3O‘Brien12-14Outplay(L)122Franco5-8-7Pletcher4-15Exulting(L)126Alvarado1-1-6McLaughlin8-5Exulting is firing bullets for first start in seven weeks; ideally posted in compact field. Small Bear was second by the length of the stretch in last; big-time player. Favorable Outcome makes peak start of form cycle and owns fast back figures; right in the thick of this.

31 1⁄4 Miles (Inner Turf). 3&Up. Maiden Special Weight. Purse: $90,000.1Mead Hall119Panaijo7-x-xThompson30-12Course Correction(L)119Rosario2-4-2Brown7-53Shiny Copper Penny(L)124Diaz, Jr8-3-4Seyler20-14No Mans Land(L)124Franco3-3-2Valentine8-15Teryn It Up(L)119Alvarado2-3-7Lynch6-16Rhode Island(L)119Castellano2-5-6McGaughey III5-27Mini P(L1)119Prat11-2-xClement3-1No Mans Land gets slight cutback in distance and should pack amplified wallop. Course Correction owns two seconds from three starts; disappoints again? Rhode Island compiled eye-catching work slate for first start since May; must be factored into the mix.

41 Mile (Widener Turf). 3&Up. F&M. NOBLE DAMSEL STAKES. Purse: $200,000.1Lift Up(L)124Pino5-1-1Dickinson8-12Uni(L)124Rosario1-1-4Brown7-53Dream Awhile(L)126Castellano2-1-3Brown2-14Hawksmoor(L)122Franco2-4-5Delacour5-25Mythical Mission(L)124Alvarado1-7-1Motion15-16Thundering Sky(L)122Maragh2-7-8Weaver12-1Uni consistently logs field’s fastest late-pace figures. Hawksmoor, 2-for-2 on Belmont turf, looms the main speed in small field. Dream Awhile has only been off the board once in 11 starts; dangerous.

56 1⁄2 Furlongs. 3&Up. Maiden Claiming $25,000. Purse: $33,000.1Mr. Yabo(L)121Reyes7-x-xMatties20-12Devilry(L)124Prat6-7-6Cox7-23Cross Multiply(L)121Rosario2-7-2Contessa3-14My Mr. Wonderful(L)121Franco3-6-8Violette, Jr9-25The Vow Is Lit(L)121Davis4-4-xBaker12-16Victory‘s Cash(L)124Luzzi9-7-5Brown20-17Magnetron(L)121Lezcano2-8-8Lerman8-18Flat Out Jayvien(L)121Brown11-7-5Persaud30-19High Conviction(L)121Castellano11-x-xBrown5-110Toga(L)124Cohen8-x-xDiodoro10-111Raging Fire(L)121Gaffalione5-3-7Kimmel15-1Toga adds blinkers and should get the early jump in wide-open maiden dash. Cross Multiply was a clear-cut second at this level last time; dangerous. My Mr. Wonderful is fleet-footed and fired half-mile bullet last week; big-time player.

67 Furlongs (Widener Turf). 3&Up. Claiming $25,000. Purse: $50,000.2Get a Valentine(L)123Franco10-7-2Rodriguez8-13Expected Ruler(L)121Rosario3-2-3Stidham9-55Excluded(L)121Maragh2-4-4Toscano, Jr15-16Blackjack Baby(L)121Cohen5-2-4Klesaris5-17War Stroll(L)121Prat5-5-5Falcone, Jr7-28Poshsky(L)123Davis1-3-4Contessa6-19Canarsie Kid(L)123Lezcano3-1-3Miceli8-110Bow Tie Affair(L)121Fragoso6-4-1Reynolds20-111Mongo Nation(L)123Alvarado7-1-8Rodriguez12-1Main Track Only

1Rockford(L)121Rosario2-2-4Levine2-14Nigel‘s Destiny(L)123No Rider7-3-1Englehart3-1Poshsky exits fast-figured, five-length win on dirt last time; transfers razor-sharp form to turf. Canarsie Kid is quick from the gate and could prove very tough on an unchallenged lead. Expected Ruler regressed in last after ultra-game placing in prior; rebound potential.

77 Furlongs. Allowance. 3&Up. Purse: $77,000.

1Wine Not(L)121Franco4-2-2Weaver2-12Timber Ghost(L)120Alvarado1-5-5Jerkens9-53Mac Jagger(L)120Rosario2-1-xLynch8-14Have Another(L)121Castellano3-1-1Barker4-15Lazarus Project(L)121Cohen3-3-3Englehart15-16Capitaine(L)121Prat4-3-7Hennig12-17Cerretalto(L)121Davis3-1-1Bond6-1Have Another owns fast figures and owns two wins and a third in three starts at Belmont. Cerretalto owns favorable stalker’s style and outside slot; big-time player. Timber Ghost earned swift number when crushing a field of maidens by more than nine lengths last out; worth long look.

81 Mile. 3&Up. THE KELSO STAKES. Purse: $300,0001Battle of Midway(L)123Prat2-1-2Hollendorfer2-12Timeline(L)118Castellano4-2-1Brown8-13Realm(L)116Alvarado1-1-3Tagg10-14No Dozing(L)116Cohen5-1-4Delacour4-15Still Having Fun(L)116Rosario5-1-2Keefe8-16Patternrecognition(L)115Gaffalione1-2-4Brown9-27Sunny Ridge(L)118Franco9-1-3Servis3-1Realm has trained sharply since winning second straight on Aug. 5; more to come. Sunny Ridge was overmatched in Woodward Stakes last time but is more than good enough on “A” game; very dangerous. Patternrecognition is another that has worked strongly since fast-figured, front-running score last month; could easily win again.

97 Furlongs (Widener Turf). 3&Up. F&M. Claiming $40,000. Purse: $42,000.1Sweet August Lady(L)121Castellano5-3-2Brown2-12Emerald Quality(L)121Fragoso10-10-9Kelly30-13Questeq(L)121Lezcano4-3-6Toscano, Jr8-14Alley to Calvary(L)120Maragh5-3-9Lostritto12-15Animauxselle(L)121Luzzi6-5-5Ryan15-16Havana Affair(L)121Reyes9-11-9Zito20-17Scat Gal(L)118Davis4-6-8Stidham10-18Forever Daisy(L)118Cancel9-6-4Donk20-19Two Hot Betty(L)121Cohen6-7-5Englehart3-110Romantic Babe(L)118Franco4-8-6Donk6-111Tiz Priceless(L)120Rosario8-2-4Kimmel10-1Animauxselle sheds the blinkers and makes second start for Derek Ryan (two high-percentage patterns for barn); call based on price. Questeq is riding a forward line on late-pace and final figures; very playable. Sweet August Lady logged only win on Belmont turf; must consider.

10 6 Furlongs (Inner Turf). 3&Up. F&M. Claiming $40,000. Purse: $41,000.2Paz the Wine(L)124Maragh6-4-4Motion8-13Unparalleled(L)121Pino4-4-7Brown6-14My Victoria Rose(L)121Prat7-4-6Englehart7-25Quietly Quick(L)121Franco4-6-7Clement5-16Catania Rose(L)124Lezcano6-2-2Ubillo20-17Magical Romance(L)124Fragoso5-6-3Martin20-18Ma Mo(L)121Cohen3-7-10Levine12-19Smart Throb(L)124Cancel7-2-3Rawles12-110Nazay(L)121Davis7-2-6Bond10-111Fox Tree121Jimenez7-8-xThompson50-112Saturdaynightfling(L)124Luzzi4-8-6Toscano, Jr20-113Truly Courageous(L)124Reyes2-3-10Contessa4-114Reconsider It(L)124Rosario3-5-2Sweezey9-215Super Mama(L)124Castellano4-2-5Abreu3-11Hit a Provisional(L)121Franco2-x-xAbreu5-21aChutzpah(L1)121Lezcano9-6-xLerman5-2Saturdaynightfling logged five tightly grouped workouts for first start since July; throw deep in weak nightcap. Truly Courageous is speedy but lacks courage when it counts; mixed message. Ma Mo was a much-improved third on dirt last time; don’t ignore. Unparalleled is fleet-footed and fresh; right in the thick of this.

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