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Steve Matthews' Belmont selections for Sunday, Oct. 28

Best Bet: ORCHID PARTY (1); Best Value: JOOPSTER (6)

FIRST: Orchid Party returns from two-month layoff and has a history of delivering big efforts when rested. Pure Praise is favorably posted and could be ideally positioned in the stalker's seat. Shanghai Glory regressed in last after fast-figured third in previous start; rebound threat.

SECOND: Tappanzee owns sprinter's speed and could get early jump in big field. Three Birds was a clear-cut second behind a much-the-best winner in last; dangerous. Eighty Seven North has worked twice since useful seventh in debut; improvement expected.

THIRD: Joe's Smokin Gun returns to dirt and cuts back to sprint; now or never. Ridolfo is riding a forward line on the numbers and makes peak start of form cycle; very playable. Theresa's Boy hails from the white-hot Gary Contessa barn; don't ignore.

FOURTH: Two Dozen Roses returns to maiden ranks and was fast-figured second two starts back. Take Ten made sustained rally when a sharp second in debut; call if race remains on grass. On The Town bested a next-out winner when a fast-closing second in first start; right in the thick of this.

FIFTH: J J's Dreaming logged fast final fraction when a change-of-pace second in last; more to come. Barely Impazible was a comfortable, front-running winner in last; easily could take another. Blewitt is training swiftly for first start since February; more than good enough on "A" effort.

SIXTH: Joopster could play out as the quickest of the quick in speed-laden field. Reed Kan earned top figure when besting pricier field just two weeks ago; fire sale? What a Catch runs late and could be in the garden spot if pace meltdown ensues.

SEVENTH: Silly Sister set strong splits when a wire-to-wire winner at Finger Lakes last out; 2-for-2 at Belmont Park. Tequilita needed last and owns fast numbers on best efforts; dangerous. Sower fired half-mile bullet since setting the pace when third in Charles Town Oaks last time; must be considered.

EIGHTH: Indy Union visually and numerically impressed when winning last; pairs up if race is moved to main track. Tigalalu was less than two lengths behind top selection after doing the dirty work up front last time; very playable. Homeland Security compiled tight work tab for first start in 57 days; classic Chad Brown pattern.

NINTH: Tiz Morning is riding a forward line on the numbers and could offer value in meet's finale. American Rule has finished second three straight times; runner-up again? Justinspeightofit is speedy and could prove very tough on soft lead. Yamano Maker compiled sharp work slate for debut for Bill Mott; could be the goods.

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