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Steve Matthews' Belmont selections for Friday, Oct. 8

Best bet: CLASSIC LYNNE (9)

Best value: PLAYWRIGHT (6)

FIRST: Madame Rose projects as the speed of the speed with aggressive ride. She's the One could be in the garden if top selection wilts in the lane. Acushla should pack amplified wallop with cutback to sprint.

SECOND: Winning Drive could be ideally positioned in the stalker's seat. Flowers for Lisa is speedy and will prove very tough on a soft lead. Shamrocked also is quick from the gate and must be factored into the mix.

THIRD: Hawkish logged three tight works for return from 45-day freshener; ready to roll. Analyze It could play out as the main speed. Dreams of Tomorrow, 1-for-1 on Belmont turf, gets class relief.

FOURTH: Continentalcongres is improving and moves to dirt; timid call in 9-horse field with five newcomers. Everyoneloveslinda has finished second in both starts; runner-up again? Sweet as Pie sold for $490k as a yearling; could be the goods.

FIFTH: Saratoga Chrome was dq'd from top spot after making sustained rally last time; rights the wrong on Friday. Skyward Princess is training with a purpose for second start for Chad Brown; worth long look. Cupere is from a dam that has produced two turf winners; don't ignore.

SIXTH: Playwright should pack enhanced late kick with cutback to mile. Big Mountain is fleet-footed and could play out as the controlling front-runner with heads-up handling. Paul the Waiter was a clear-cut winner in last at Monmouth; price will be tempting.

SEVENTH: Funwhileitlasted gets class relief and makes peak start of form cycle. Hohohoho is speedy and hails from white-hot stable (Tom Morley); very dangerous. Khali Magic runs late and could be aided by Friday's longer trip; don't ignore.

EIGHTH: It's Gravy drops in with N1X allowance rivals after flashing improved speed in last; breakthrough predicted. Clever Fellow packs potent kick on "A" efforts; very interesting. Run for Boston also runs late and could offer juicy ticket; worth long look.

NINTH: Classic Lynne has drilled four times since speed-sharpened on dirt in last; return to turf is key. Lady of Thoroton was a much-improved third in last; very dangerous. Let Ur Light Shine debuts for potent first-out barn; follow the money. Russiarussiarussia is a firster from the Chad Brown stable; any questions?

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