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Steve Matthews’ Belmont picks for Friday, May 6

Best Bet: MY SWEET GIRL (5)

Best Value: ZARTAX (9)

FIRST: Jademarie notched solid late pace figure when third in last; more to come. Stella Street logged solid numbers in both starts on Belmont turf; dangerous. Cap’s Vow gets confident price hike in first start since claimed by Michelle Nevin; must consider.

SECOND: Game Girl fired two bullet works for first start since claimed by Linda Rice. Scarlet Goddess is speedy but has finished second three times in five starts; vulnerable favorite. Double Mane would be aided by hot fractions.

THIRD: Nice Try drops after displaying improved speed in last; improvement predicted. Liam’s Prince is fleet-footed and makes first start with maiden-claiming tag; dangerous. Sixbits was a two-move fourth in last; worth long look at long price.

FOURTH: Pearls for Girls was a clear-cut second to a repeat winner last time; 2-for-4 record at Belmont Park seals the deal. Rodriguez entry: Bileaps and Bounds owns speed, fast figs and drops and mate Champagne Ruby was a front-running third at this level last time; potent pairing. Unrepented won last start at Big A and is 2-for-2 at Belmont; right in the thick of this.

FIFTH: My Sweet Girl gets class relief and favorable cutback in distance and should be primed for best in third start of form cycle. Off Limits tallied solid final fractions in both U.S. outings; dangerous. Season Ticket was pace and trip compromised when favored in last at Keeneland; must respect.

SIXTH: Dreamsdocometrue fired two, crisp 3-furlong drills since hard-charging victory in last; pairs up. Gypsum Johnny also has trained strongly since winning last start; big-time threat. Amoral, another last-race winner, could easily impact outcome on best effort.

SEVENTH: Saratoga Smoke is speedy, rested and training with a purpose; controlling front-runner. All Day Lawn has won last two starts and should transfer razor-sharp form to the lawn; very playable. Amazing Anne was a strong second in last and owns faster back numbers; very dangerous.

EIGHTH: Tale of S’avall logged career-best pace figures in Wood Memorial last time and logged three sharp works in the interim. King Kranz was a fast-figured second in Bay Shore stakes last out; big-time player. Awesome Gent failed to fire in Bay Shore but could prove far more formidable on dry land.

NINTH: Zartax was a tough-trip third on Gulfstream turf last out and logged four tight works for Belmont debut. Tracking Stock was second to a repeat winner in lone start on Belmont grass; very dangerous. Finalize makes first start since claimed by Linda Rice; must consider. Dreamaker moves to the grass for Mark Casse after front-running second in last; dangerous.

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