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Steve Matthews' Belmont selections for Saturday, Oct. 27

Best Bet: FOREVER CHANGED (3); Best Value: ORDER AND LAW (4)

FIRST: Ranger in Paradise makes first start since claimed and owns fast back figures. Spartiatis takes precipitous price plunge; dangerous if not damaged goods. Nobody Move also drops and is a three-time winner on Belmont loam; must consider.

SECOND: Stay Fond owns fast figures and loves wet dirt. Free Kitty is speedy and could prove very tough on an unchallenged lead. Keota was a fast-figured winner in last; gets call if race remains on grass.

THIRD: Forever Changed has worked three times since clear-cut placing in debut; more to give. Evan's Nice Now is training consistently for return to main track; very interesting. Abraxan fired 3-furlong bullet since solid third in first start; right in the thick of this.

FOURTH: Order and Law passed 10 rivals when breaking maiden on Laurel turf last out; handles dirt, too. A Thread of Blue was a wire-to-wire maiden winner on Belmont's main track last time; dangerous on any footing. Empire of War made every pole a winning one in first turf start last time; must be factored into the mix regardless of surface.

FIFTH: Science Fiction makes first start since moving to Robertino Diodoro stable; breakthrough predicted. Our Circle of Love has finished second in all four starts; never finds winner's circle? Hurricane Sheila is another that has garnered five minor awards from six starts; disappoints again?

SIXTH: Curiousncuriouser regressed in last after fast-figured win in previous start; rebounds on wet dirt. Dream Passage consistently delivers strong efforts on either surface; dangerous. Transaction Tax's speed must be respected regardless of footing; price will be tempting.

SEVENTH: Cromwell Avenue compiled eye-catching work tab for first start since August; primed and ready. U R Not So Bad took backward step in last after strong third in debut; bounce-back threat. Bernin' Thru Gold has trained strongly since finishing just a nose behind next-out winner in debut; very dangerous.

EIGHTH: Smooth B bounced in last after impressive win in slop at Parx two back; rebounds if race is moved to wet main track. Mo Diddley is another that logged sharp score on sloppy going two races back; worth long look. Therapist is 3-for-3 on Belmont turf; obviously can take this if race stays on sod.

NINTH: Bon Raison is riding a three-race winning streak and hails from white-hot Gary Contessa stable; ready for prime time. Delta Prince has logged two bullet drills for switch back to Belmont main track; very dangerous. Coal Front  owns fast final figures but has been sidelined for more than a year; mixed message at short odds.

TENTH: Super Mama was speed sharpened when making first start since 15-month absence last time; duly tightened. Unparalleled was a game, front-end second in last; dangerous. Smart Throb also was a strong second in most recent outing; must be factored into the mix. Iridescent Morn adds blinkers and makes first start with maiden-claiming tag; right in the thick of this.

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