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Steve Matthews' Belmont selections for Friday, Oct. 19

Best bet: AWESOME QUICK (6)

Best value: ENCRYPTION KEY (7)

FIRST: Icy Maneuvers was an even third in well-bet debut at Saratoga; improvement predicted. Overtime Olivia failed to fire when favored in the slop last out; dangerous on dry land. Parlapiano owns competitive numbers on best efforts; must consider.

SECOND: Wegetsdamunnys logged fast late-pace figures when second in last two starts; gets there on Friday. Jumpin' Nancy owns positional speed and will offer fat price; very interesting. Kreesie finished behind top selection when third in last two; could certainly close the gap.

THIRD: Becker's Galaxy is speedy, fresh and training with a purpose; controlling front-runner. Swivel was a clear-cut second to a repeat winner in last; worth long look. Devine Dental is fleet-footed and ships in for John Servis; right in the thick of this.

FOURTH: Souperfast tallied wire-to-wire wins in last two starts; main speed once again. Tricked Up also is quick from the gate and holds razor-sharp form; very dangerous. Muggsamatic packs potent late kick and could be in the garden spot if top pair battle on the lead.

FIFTH: Twofer bested a next-out winner when breaking maiden on Aug. 29 and compiled three tight works this month for return. Rapid Route owns speed and drops; price will be tempting. She'sakittykat never got going on turf last time but rattled off three straight seconds in previous three starts; don't dismiss.

SIXTH: Awesome Quick is quick from gate and projects as the speed of the speed with aggressive ride. China Rider, a last-race winner, runs late and looms the prime beneficiary if pace meltdown ensues. Free N Clear drops and gets favorable cutback to sprint; very interesting. Alabama Bound gets class relief and should pack enhanced wallop at 6 furlongs; right in the thick of this.

SEVENTH: Encryption Key exits front-end maiden score in last and should get the early jump once again. I Love Jaxson fired half-mile bullet since late-running fourth in last; dangerous. Born for a Storm was an even third in last and owns faster back figures; must be factored into the mix.

EIGHTH: Zennor has worked sharply since pace-pressing sixth in first start since more than yearlong layoff last time; duly tightened. Profiteer fired half-mile bullet since front-end third behind a repeat winner last time; very dangerous. Galope Americano gets Lasix in stateside debt for Todd Pletcher; follow the money.

NINTH: Hills Pond was victimized by wide trip and slow splits when fifth in last; forward move predicted. Killeen held nearly a length to the good on top selection when a two-move third in last; dangerous. Zap Daddy drops to lifetime low in first start since gelded; be no surprise. Coltandmississippi defeated top two selections when a determined winner Oct. 4; right in the thick of this.

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