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Steve Matthews' Belmont selections for Thursday, Oct. 7

Best bet: STARSHIP REINA (7)

Best value: HIEROGLYPHICS (6)

FIRST: Snow Candy hails from suddenly live stable (Tom Morley); experience edge in field of mostly newcomers. Emboite was purchased for $200k as a yearling; tight work tab. Gianni Lambo debuts for Todd Pletcher; could be a runner.

SECOND: I'm Fine needed last; forward move predicted. I'm Perfect Too was a determined maiden winner in last; dangerous. Vienna Code would be aided by pace meltdown.

THIRD: Life Changer drops and could get the early jump with heads-up handling. Far Away Look could be ideally positioned in the stalker's seat; big-time contender. Trash Talker gets class relief and owns fast back numbers; be no surprise.

FOURTH: Lady Milagro is training sharply for first grass start; improvement expected. Whatruwaitingfor noticeably picked up the tempo in final workout; very interesting. Love Unlimited makes first start with maiden-claiming tag; price will be tempting.

FIFTH: Uni Loves a Fight moves to dirt and could be primed for wake-up at fat ticket. Saratoga Kisses was a sharp second in last; logical, short-priced player. My First Love debuts for capable Philly-based connections; stay tuned to the tote.

SIXTH: Hieroglyphics packs potent late wallop and is working with a purpose for first start since May. Big Wonder owns sprinter's speed and could go a long way at a long price. Tizzarunner was a hard-fought second in last; regresses on Thursday?

SEVENTH: Starship Reina owns positional speed and outworked 65 rivals in half-mile drill last week. My Roxy Girl is fleet-footed and can prove very tough on an unchallenged lead. Awesome Indra bounced last time after a string of fast-figured efforts; rebounds?

EIGHTH: Wailin Josie could be ideally placed in field with ample speed. Honey Money, 2-for-3 on Belmont loam, consistently delivers strong efforts. The Important One was given seven-week freshener after fast-figured, front-end score in August; right in the thick of this.

NINTH: Frosted Bourbon gets Lasix and makes first start with maiden-claiming tag; breakthrough predicted. Tales of Makenna has trained strongly since hard-charging placing in last; very playable. Bella Principessa owns two seconds and two thirds from eight outings; another minor award? Spill the Tea makes first start since moving to Danny Gargan barn; worth long look.

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