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Steve Matthews’ Belmont selections for Saturday, April 30


FIRST: Pushme Pullyou owns a win and a second in four starts on Belmont turf and should offer best price potential in contentious opener. Dea was a willing third in last and now makes peak start of form cycle. Rock Me Again owns speed and a victory on Belmont grass; right in the thick of this.

SECOND: Stay Tuned owns solid final fractions and is 1-for-1 at 7-furlong trip. Nevada Kid was a fast-figured, front-end winner at the distance last time; very dangerous. Aleander also won last start and should have more to give in third race of form cycle.

THIRD: Aussie Prayer compiled eye-catching work slate for first start since November; primed for breakthrough effort. Hatta’s Appeal, an uncoupled barn mate of top selection, logged only career win on Belmont turf; very interesting. Undertherain is speedy and should be aided by cutback to 7 furlongs.

FOURTH: Super Allison has finished second in last two starts and fired half-mile bullet last week. True Charm was an ultra-game second at 68-1 last time; big-priced player once again. Cats Halo, another that earned place award in last, should move forward in second start since six-month absence.

FIFTH: Borrowed Dreams was a game maiden winner on dirt last time and should transfer razor-sharp form to grass. Black Tide owns a win on Belmont turf and is training with a purpose for first start in 51 days. Wicked Dreams also is working sharply and owns fast late pace figures on best efforts.

SIXTH: Vandalize tallied solid final fraction in debut at GP more than a year ago but is training sharply for return; rates close call. Porch Pounder was a solid, front-running third in last; very dangerous. Policy Portfolio compiled a work slate that culminated with half-mile bullet; follow the money.

SEVENTH: Rich ‘n’ Tuck was a hard-charging winner in last and owns faster back numbers. Bellamy Way logs swift numbers with machine-like consistency; very dangerous. Waymond Boyd was less than two lengths behind ‘Bellamy’ on April 8; worth long look. Rally Cry is fresh and right in the thick of this on ‘A’ game.

EIGHTH: King Kreesa is a seven-time winner on Belmont turf and projects as the speed of the speed with aggressive ride. Aztec Brave owns stalker’s style and could be the prime beneficiary if top selection hits the wall in the lane. A Lot owns fast late pace figures and hails from Chad Brown barn; big-time player.

NINTH: Drop Shot notched fast final fractions in all three dirt starts and is from a dam that’s produced a grass winner. Gee Pea Ess is fleet-footed and will prove very tough on an unchallenged lead. Naqafeer is from a dam that’s thrown four winners on grass; stay tuned to the tote. Wyeth debuts for Chad Brown; need more?

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