TODAY'S PAPER
63° Good Evening
63° Good Evening
Hello, we've upgraded our systems.

Please log back in to enjoy your subscription. Thank you for being part of the Newsday family.

Forgot your password? We can help go here.

Log in
SportsHorseracing

Steve Matthews' Belmont selections for Sunday, Oct. 11

Best Bet: PRICE TALK (6); Best Value: SECOND OF JULY (7)

FIRST: Allured was eliminated at the start last time; call based on price potential. Cobble Hill runs late and could be in the garden spot if pace meltdown ensues. Mission Wrapitup gets confident price boost and is training with a purpose for first start since claimed; worth long look.

SECOND: Brew Pub should be tighter in second start since 10-week absence. Martinez failed to threaten when fourth at 60 cents on the dollar last time; short odds once again. Flintshire's Rock debuts for potent first-out stable (Christophe Clement); stay tuned to the tote.

THIRD: Wicked Happy, an even fourth in first start since two-month layoff last time, rates call based on swift late-pace figure two starts back. She Throws Heat was compromised by wide trip in lone turf start; very playable. Ms Boombastic makes first start with maiden-claiming tag; must consider.

FOURTH: Prairie Fire visually and numerically impressed when winning last; more to come. Motivated Seller went to sidelines after setting swift splits when a front-running winner in debut at GP in January; working strongly for return. Fangirl is another that's training with a purpose for comeback from 11-month absence; don't ignore.

FIFTH: Vive La Liberty fired 5-furlong bullet since speed and fade in debut; drop into maiden-claimer is the clincher. Khali Magic also makes first start with tag and goes turf to dirt; wake-up potential. Nebo compiled solid work slate for first start; tote should provide additional clues.

SIXTH: Price Talk tallied rapid final fraction when breaking maiden last time; pairs up. La Hara owns two wins and two seconds from four starts; be no surprise. Glad Rock is speedy and yet to taste defeat in three starts; right in the thick of this.

SEVENTH: Second of July notched solid late-pace figure when a determined winner in debut; keeps on giving. Newbomb displayed sizzling speed in debut on dirt; big-time, front-running danger on turf. County Final also is quick from gate and could prove very tough if able to shake clear.

EIGHTH: Caddo River was a willing second in first start; more to give. Miles D, a newcomer from the Chad Brown barn, concluded work tab with 5-furlong bullet; could be the goods. Original is another firster with eye-catching training slate; happy hunting.

NINTH: Royal Approval drew off to dominant score in stateside debut at Kentucky Downs last out; more in the tank. Union Gables owns turf breeding on both sides of pedigree; dangerous. Magisterium, two wins and two seconds from four starts in the UK, must be respected in US debut for Clement.

TENTH: Gentleman Joe makes third start of form cycle and consistently logs field's fastest late-pace figures. Traffic Pattern was done in by scorching splits last out; very dangerous. Wild Banker packs potent late wallop on "A" efforts; price will be tempting. K.K. Ichikawa made sustained rally to break maiden last time; must be factored into the mix.

New York Sports