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Steve Matthews' Belmont selections for Sunday, Oct. 21

Best Bet: SOMEBODY (1); Best Value: BELLA'S GAME (6)

FIRST: Somebody should pack amplified kick with cutback to sprint; set for best in third start of form cycle. Moneigh Moproblems was a front-running second in last; dangerous. Tom's Music owns fast back figures; must consider.

SECOND: Asticou Trail is 0-for-12 but lands in weak field and has the benefit of the rail; now or never. Tapin Thru Life is fresh and training with a purpose; worth long look. Stylishly exits sprint and could play out as the main speed; don't ignore.

THIRD: Hollywood Strike logged fast late-pace figure when second to a repeat winner last time; more to give. Point to Remember fired 5-furlong bullet since solid second in last; dangerous. Sargeant Drive broke maiden by 12 lengths last time but was meeting just two rivals; proceed with caution if price is short.

FOURTH: Niko's Dream has trained sharply since useful fourth in debut; forward move predicted. Winifred J gets the meds and moves to grass after late-running fifth in debut; very playable. Saloon Girl moves to turf after front-running second when favored in debut; dangerous. Mike's Girl logged solid numbers in both grass starts; right in the thick of this.

FIFTH: Enthusiastic Girl notched swift late-pace numbers in recent grass starts; call in contentious field. Awsum Roar is speedy, rested and drops; big-time threat. Grandpa's Arianna also is fleet-footed and owns fast numbers on best starts; must consider.

SIXTH: Bella's Game tallied swift final fraction in route last time and should pack enhanced wallop with cutback to 6 furlongs. Truly Courageous is quick from the gate and could prove very tough on a soft lead. Jazzy Juder could be positioned in the stalker's seat; must be factored into the mix.

SEVENTH: Altesino has trained consistently since subpar effort in August; rebounds. Crea's Bklyn Law wheels back in a hurry and drops; dangerous on "A" game. Nolinski is speedy and needed last; right in the thick of this.

EIGHTH: On Leave logged determined victory at Kentucky Downs last time and is a four-time winner on Belmont grass. Rymska logged three wins and a second from last four starts; dangerous. New Money Honey, a game second in last at Woodbine, consistently earns fast final figures.

NINTH: Sweet Sting compiled three tight works since even fifth in last; improvement predicted. Ferdinanda was compromisewd by wide trip when second by a pole last out; very playable. Goodbye Brockley owns two wins and two seconds from four starts on Belmont sod; be no surprise. Fairy Link regressed in last after fast-figured fourth in last; bounce-back threat.


 


 


 

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