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Steve Matthews' Belmont selections for Wednesday, Oct. 17

Best bet: MUSICAL LUTE (4)

Best value: GOOD OLD BOY (9)

FIRST: Country Squire owns fast figures and drops; paltry price is the problem. Hope Drive pulls weight from suspect field; very interesting. Support Our Cause plunges into maiden claimer for Chad Brown; fire sale?

SECOND: Remarqued is riding a forward line on the numbers and should be favorably positioned near the front. Vortex Road was a determined winner in last; dangerous. Lady Paname gets Lasix in U.S. debut for Chad Brown; must be factored into the mix.

THIRD: Blinded Vision is speedy and makes peak start of form cycle. Hokulea has been gelded since claimed by Joe Sharp; very playable. Southeast wheels back in a hurry after clear-cut score last week; right in the thick of this.

FOURTH: Musical Lute regressed in last after even fifth in debut; two recent works and drop into claimer seal the deal. No Limit Babe owns speed but lacks heart; mixed message. On Strike attracted Johnny Velazquez for turf and local debut; very interesting.

FIFTH: Mazmania logged improved late-pace figure when third at this level in last; more to give. Overbook is quick from the gate and could prove very tough on a soft lead. Speed Khaleesi also owns speed and must be factored into the mix.

SIXTH: Sparky notched only win on Belmont turf and compiled tight, recent work tab. Jupiter Rising packs potent kick and could be in the garden spot if pace meltdown ensues. Not So Quiet Man cuts back to 6 furlongs and should pack intensified late wallop; don't ignore.

SEVENTH: Pink Sands is riding a positive pattern on the numbers and makes peak start of form cycle. Ascot Walk owns speed and adds blinkers but failed at odds-on last time; must take the good with the bad. Supercommittee bested a next-out winner when second in lone dirt start; worth long look.

EIGHTH: Winter Union tallied swift final fraction when a game second last out; more to give. War Chest is training with a purpose and notched only win on Belmont grass; big-time player. Vintage Matters gets class relief, owns fast figures and starts from the hedge; very dangerous.

NINTH: Good Old Boy gets favorable turnback to 7 furlongs and should be primed for breakthrough in third start of form cycle. Powerstroke is fleet-footed and fresh; very dangerous. Cross Multiply hails from the white-hot Gary Contessa stable; must consider. No Worries Mate tallied career-best effort on Belmont grass this past spring; don't overlook.

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