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Steve Matthews' Belmont selections for Sunday, Oct. 7

Best Bet: A THREAD OF BLUE (9); Best Value: GOOD OLD BOY (5)

FIRST: The Glominator logged three tight works for drop and move to dirt. Eliav was a clear-cut second behind a much-the-best winner in debut; very dangerous. Three Outlaws made a forward move on the numbers last time; must consider.

SECOND: Miss Jen took backward step in last after pairing up fast numbers in previous two; rebounds. Hera is speedy and could play out as the dominant front-runner. Free Kitty returns to turf for Linda Rice after front-end score on Laurel dirt last out; worth long look.

THIRD: Freeload gets confident price boost after besting a next-out winner when second in last; more to come. Fooch is fleet-footed and could prove very tough on a soft lead. Grandma's Favorite was gelded since last start; must be factored into the mix.

FOURTH: Emerald Quality drops and moves to dirt in weak bunch; 3-furlong bullet last Wednesday seals the deal. Three Eighty Eight fired 5-furlong bullet since second to a runaway winner in last; easily could take this. Stars Wilburn is riding a forward line on the numbers; very interesting.

FIFTH: Good Old Boy has drilled four times since improved fifth in last; more to give. Ninja Boys also has trained well since forward move on the numbers in last start; very playable. Millies Party Boy is 0-for-10 but owns fast figures on "A" efforts; playable if price is right.

SIXTH: Fayette Warrior drew off to visually impressive score on the sod at Kentucky Downs last time; pairs up winning efforts. Uncle Benny lived up to heavy tote support (90 cents on the dollar) when a sharp winner in debut; dangerous. Swamp Rat should pack amplified kick with cutback to 7 furlongs; very interesting.

SEVENTH: Brucia La Terra has worked sharply since clear-cut win in debut at Spa; call based on price potential. Covfefe visually and numerically impressed when winning debut at Churchill Downs by more than nine lengths; paltry price is the problem. Nonna Madeline is speedy and could prove very tough on an unchallenged lead.

EIGHTH: Holy Helena compiled eye-catching work slate for first start since June for potent layoff barn; primed and ready. Onthemoonagain has failed at short odds in both U.S. starts for Chad Brown; underlay again. Lady Montdore, 2-for-2 in the States, could offer playable price in contentious Flower Bowl.

NINTH: A Thread of Blue notched swift late-pace figure when a tough-trip second in first grass start; more to come. Greyes Creek is working sharply for move to grass for Chad Brown; be no surprise. Skychief took backward step in last start after fast-figured third in previous start; bounce-back threat. Bad Boy. from a dam that has produced two turf winners, debuts for strong first-out stable; stay tuned to the tote.

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