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Steve Matthews' Belmont selections for Saturday, Nov. 6

Best Bet: SHAD NATION (7); Best Value: STELLA MARS (2)

FIRST: Gun Maestro outworked 129 rivals in half-mile drill last week; fires at first asking. Triple Elvis is the best of the two that have started; be no surprise. Ballot Box compiled tight training tab for debut; follow the money.

SECOND: Stella Mars was a determined maiden winner in key race last time; more to come. Big Time Lady owns speed and drops; very interesting. Adele Kat should pack intensified kick with cutback to sprint.

THIRD: Gibberish is training swiftly for first start since August; main speed with heads-up handling. Miss Marisa owns fast figures and could be ideally positioned in the stalker's seat. Jilted Bride looms the prime beneficiary if fractions get fast and furious.

FOURTH: Rinaldi projects as the swiftest of the swift with aggressive ride. Sanctuary City could be in the catbird seat if pace meltdown ensues. Cross Border turns back to more manageable distance; worth long look.

FIFTH: She's the One fired half-mile bullet since clear-cut maiden win in last; pairs up. Blame It On Mary set hot splits when a game second in last; very dangerous. Theodora Grace owns a win and a second in two starts on Belmont sod; must consider.

SIXTH: Sicilia Mike gets added ground and class relief; weakness of field is selection's strength. Big Mountain could prove very tough on a soft lead. I Love Jaxson owns fast late-pace figures on "A" efforts; right in the thick of this.

SEVENTH: Shad Nation visually and numerically impressed when winning debut; keeps on giving. Philly Eagles was a useful fourth in first stateside start; forward move expected. Evangeline Allons displayed newfound speed in last; very interesting.

EIGHTH: Durkin's Call gets confident price boost after much-the-best win in last; takes another. Money in the Bank is true to his name, logging seven wins and two seconds from last nine starts; big-time contender. Gold Panda, another that's ultra-consistent (two wins and a third from three starts), fired 5-furlong bullet on Monday; hard to eliminate.

NINTH: Benbang projects as the quickest of the quick in turf debut. Gal in a Rush could easily rush past top selection in the stretch if fractions get hot and hectic. Hot Fudge should be aided by return to turf; don't ignore.

TENTH: Dream of a Day gets top call if able to escape AE list. Spettro could play out as the controlling speed with top-notch, front-end rider aboard. Wicked Fast was a hard-fought third in debut; very dangerous. Hooky Player was third in both starts; must consider. Toga Dancer logged three works since last outing; don't overlook.

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