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Steve Matthews' Belmont selections for Wednesday, Oct. 3

Best bet: SPRING FOLLY (8)

Best value: MOBRIDGE (5)

FIRST: Pretentious should find already ample late kick intensified with cutback to shorter sprint. Fifty is speedy, fresh and training with a purpose. Truly a Moon Shot was a useful fourth in first start since two-month layoff last time; don't ignore.

SECOND: Light the Posse compiled eye-catching work slate for first start in eight weeks; rates close call. Causforcelebration is 0-for-10 but owns fast figures on best efforts. Chasindamoney is fleet-footed and could prove very tough on a soft lead.

THIRD: Throw the Fade has trained sharply since clear-cut placing in last; set for breakthrough. Justinspeightofit owns speed and returns to dirt; very interesting. Hot Sriracha was second when 70 cents on the dollar in last at Delaware; right in the thick of this.

FOURTH: Glossy was given two-month freshener after winning two in a row this past summer; more to come. Tap Tap Taparoo was a fast-figured maiden winner in last; worth long look. Eloweasel regressed in last after fast-figured win in prior; rebound threat.

FIFTH: Mobridge was a tough-trip fifth in last at Spa; return to Belmont turf is key. Tiz a Chance hails from streaking John Toscano stable; more than good enough on "A" game. With Exultation fired half-mile bullet since game placing in last; very dangerous.

SIXTH: Royal Nation adds blinkers and drops after speed and fade in debut; forward move predicted. Alphabetting was a better-than-it-looks sixth in lone grass start; worth long look. Ruvies in Time displayed speed in only outing on grass; must consider.

SEVENTH: Convivial is riding a forward line on late-pace and final figures; rail draw on inner turf seals the deal. Lil Commissioner wheels back in a hurry, drops into claiming ranks and owns fast numbers on best efforts; very playable. Gosilently is speedy and makes third start of form cycle; could easily take this.

EIGHTH: Spring Folly took backward step in last start after game placing in prior; three recent works is the clincher. Chiclet's Dream has trained strongly since demolishing a maiden field by eight lengths in last; could certainly pair up. Cumbria fired 5-furlong bullet for first start since July 20; must be factored into the mix.

NINTH: Niko's Dream tallied solid late-pace figure when fourth in debut; gets call if able to escape AE list. Docs Way took heavy tote support when a tough-trip eighth in debut; improvement expected. Mike's Girl was a top-figured second on grass two starts back; be no surprise. Zip It Jess was a strong third in lone turf outing; must be factored into mix.

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