Good Evening
Good Evening

Steve Matthews' Belmont selections for Saturday, Oct. 6

Best Bet: TROPHY CHASER (10); Best Value: PROFORMA (7)

FIRST: Out of Orbit logged crisp half-mile work since front-end third in last; rates close call. Starlite Mission bested top selection by more than a length when second in last; very playable. Miss Sizzle is speedy and rested; must consider.

SECOND: Hubba Bubba was a willing second in last; moving in right direction. Malthael gets Lasix after even fourth in first grass start; worth long look. North Dakota debuts for Chad Brown; you know the routine.

THIRD: Kadens Courage was second by nearly seven lengths after doing the dirty work up front; more to give. Quick Charge logged three tight works and moves to dirt after debuting on turf; very interesting. I Am Spartacus is working with a purpose for first start for Brad Cox; follow the money.

FOURTH: Krewe Chief notched four workouts since stopping abruptly on dirt last time; move to sod is key. Classic Covey, a hard-charging second in last, logged both lifetime wins on Belmont turf. Second Mate was an easy winner on Monmouth grass last time and owns faster back numbers.

FIFTH: Bluegrass Jamboree compiled eye-catching work tab for first start in 11 weeks; primed and ready. Piedi Bianchi was overmatched in the Alabama Stakes last time but owns fast figures on "A" game; dangerous. Big Birthday has trained sharply since clear-cut maiden win in last; potential short price is the problem.

SIXTH: Honey Parade was a game second after setting pressured splits in debut on dirt last time; dam produced two grass winners. Shannon's Girl was sandwiched between next-out winners in debut on Belmont grass in July; very playable. Regal Glory debuts for Chad Brown; do you really need more?

SEVENTH: Proforma tallied solid late-pace and final figures when winning Grade 3 KD Turf Sprint last time; keeps on giving. Disco Partner, the world-record holder at 6- urlongs on turf, is fresh and more than good enough on best efforts. Pure Sensation, an uncoupled barn mate of Disco Partner, can win from on or off pace; very dangerous.

EIGHTH: Farrell has trained impressively since subpar effort in Personal Ensign last time; rebounds. Divine Miss Grey, a winner of 10 races from 20 starts, is speedy and owns swift numbers; easily could take contentious Beldame. Come Dancing is getting better with every start and must be given a long look at long price.

NINTH: March to the Arch makes peak start of form cycle after tallying career-best late-pace figure in last; set for breakthrough. Raging Bull defeated top selection by more than a length in Saranac Stakes last time; aptly named. Ride a Comet, an uncoupled stablemate of top selection, was a clear-cut winner of Del Mar Derby last out; right in the thick of this.

TENTH: Trophy Chaser notched sizzling final fraction when breaking maiden by 15 lengths in Gulfstream Park slop last out; swift recent works seal the deal. Call Paul is 2-for-2 and hails from Jason Servis stable; very dangerous but likely underlay. Aurelius Maximus lived up to heavy tote support (65 cents on the dollar) when crushing maiden field by nearly eight lengths last time; right in the thick of intriguing Champagne Stakes.

ELEVENTH: Beaux Arts is quick from the gate and could play out as the speed of the speed in wide-open nightcap. Something Joyful logged rapid late-pace figure when a five-length maiden winner last time; very dangerous. Hollywood Cat tallied both career wins on Belmont grass; right in the thick of this. Spa Treatment was a tough-trip sixth in last; very interesting.

New York Sports