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Steve Matthews’ Belmont picks for Sunday, May 15

Best bet: GUNLOCK (5); Best Value: CLASSIC SALSA (3)

FIRST: Pass the Dice was a fast-figured, front-end winner in last; keeps on giving. Day of Fury gets confident price hike in first start since claimed; dangerous. Lunar Rover regressed in last after pairing up wins; rebound threat.

SECOND: Eighth Commandment was a tough-trip fifth in debut and hails from potent, second-out stable; more to come. Cats Halo makes third start since layoff; forward move predicted. Young Anna Lee was a neck behind Cats Halo when fourth as the favorite in last; dangerous.

THIRD: Classic Salsa tallied career-best pace figures in last; speed of the speed with aggressive ride. Escape to the Moon also is fleet-footed and can win from the stalker’s seat; big-time player. Fortuitous Path could be in the garden spot if pace meltdown ensues.

FOURTH: Reversiontothemean tallied swift final fraction when a hard-charging second at 53-1 last time; big price with big shot. Bargaining Table is rested and owns two wins on Belmont sod; very playable. One Penny Piece could move forward in third start of form cycle. Shakesperian Dream owns two seconds in two starts on Belmont grass; don’t dismiss.

FIFTH: Gunlock notched rapid late pace figure when a clear-cut winner in last; half-mile work Wednesday seals the deal. Call Me Stoney compiled tight work tab for first start since October; very interesting Brolic was a fast-figured, front-end maiden winner in last; right in the thick of this.

SIXTH: Shalako exits fast heat in last on Keeneland turf and was solid second in prior on Tampa sod; rates close call. Caldera tallied swift number when a tough-trip fourth in last; dangerous. House of Bourbon should improve with race under belt; worth long look at long price.

SEVENTH: Sonnyandpally has been idle since November but owns fast late pace figures on best efforts. Dream Breaker, another that’s been on the bench since November, is speedy and will offer juicy ticket; very interesting. Brimstone also is fleet-footed and will prove very tough on an unchallenged lead.

EIGHTH: Catholic Cowboy fired crisp half-mile drill since determined win last month at Keeneland; call in tricky 11-furlong marathon. Winter Game owns speed, fast figs and loves to win; very dangerous. Neck ’n Neck owns a win at 12 furlongs; don’t ignore.

NINTH: Eqho gets the meds after being pace- and trip-compromised in debut; improvement predicted. Antebellum bested top selection by nearly three lengths when second as the favorite April 24; logical, short-priced player. City Section is fresh and owns speed; price will be tempting. Betitallwithpaul drops after even fourth in last; right in the thick of this.

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