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Steve Matthews' Belmont selections for Friday, Oct. 15


Best value: PACIFIC GROVE (5)

FIRST: Corkman was pace- and trip-compromised at Laurel last time; nice fit with the locals at this level. Remembermom drops and makes third start of form cycle; price will be tempting. Flight to Paradise owns fast figures on best efforts; be no surprise.

SECOND: Reckless Spirit is rested and packs potent late kick on "A" game. Somethingtotellyou is speedy and could prove very tough on a soft lead. La Hara logged both wins on Belmont sod; logical, short-priced player.

THIRD: Sweeter should pack enhanced kick with cutback to 6 furlongs. Kantarmaci entry: Hollywood Gina adds blinkers and could play out as the main speed and mate Malibu Luna is training strongly; potent pairing. Mazal Eighteen drops and returns to dirt; don't ignore.

FOURTH: Ohtwoohthreefive was victimized by soft flow and wide trip in last; three works in the interim seal the deal. King of Hollywood faced stakes field last out in Maryland; very playable. Open Til Midnight could be aided by stretchout to mile; don't ignore.

FIFTH: Pacific Grove adds blinkers and gets class relief after displaying improved speed in last; breakthrough predicted. Next Tuesday makes first start with maiden-claiming tag; must consider. No More Mischief owns win-early breeding on dam's side; follow the money.

SIXTH: Mezcal was a non-stressful fourth in last; forward move expected. Pruning has drilled three times since hard-fought third in most recent; dangerous. Blue Times carved the fractions en route to game placing last time; right in the thick of this.

SEVENTH: Bay Storm has fired two bullet drills since front-running win on Sept. 17; controlling speed once again. Alwayz Late was a hard-charging second in last and will be in the catbird seat if top selection wilts in the lane. Honey Pants was compromised by wide trip when fourth to Bay Storm last out; don't ignore.

EIGHTH: Easy to Bless, 1-for-1 at Belmont, is training sharply for first start in 10 weeks. Patty H is fleet-footed and drops; very dangerous. Royal Meghan worked four times since even fourth in last; worth long look at long price.

NINTH: Jerusalem Gates wheels back in eight days and moves to grass for Linda Rice; breakthrough predicted. Propensity could be ideally positioned in the stalker's seat; very dangerous. Justintimeforwine displayed improved speed in last; very interesting. Chrome Dixie has logged his fastest numbers on Belmont turf; must be factored into the mix.

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