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Steve Matthews’ Belmont selections for Friday, June 3

Best Bet: GIO’S CALLING (6)

Best Value: ENTERPRISING (8)

FIRST: Enasoit fired eye-catching half-mile bullet since even fourth in debut; improvement expected. St Benedicts showed speed in same race as top selection; dangerous. Battalion Runner cost $700Gs as a yearling and is from a dam that has produced two juvenile winners; could be the goods.

SECOND: Mastic logged four tight works since clear-cut victory in last; pairs up. You Lie is speedy and should be tighter in second start since two-month layoff; dangerous. Aix En Provence owns fast final figs on “A” game.

THIRD: Natalie Victoria was a handy, front-end winner in last; more to give. Can Can Babe drops, owns swift numbers and makes third start of form cycle. Just Got Out could impact at fat ticket if pace meltdown ensues.

FOURTH: Zartax moves to turf after dominant score on dirt last time; transfers razor-sharp form. Cave Johnson owns fast late pace figures and has worked two times since last start; very playable. Gunlock holds sharp current condition and makes first start since claimed by Mike Maker; right in the thick of this.

FIFTH: Truth could play out as the controlling speed at marathon distance that typically features slow fractions. Texting will be in the garden spot if top selection hits the wall in the lane. Warranty also would benefit if top selection is unable to get the distance.

SIXTH: Gio’s Calling logged fast final fraction when a clear-cut winner in last; more to give. Our Way is rested and owns swift late pace and final figures on best efforts. Strike Midnight logged only win on Belmont sod and compiled sharp work tab for first start since October.

SEVENTH: Kate Is a Ten is training swiftly for first start since October and should pack intensified wallop at 6 furlongs. Bileaps and Bounds notched sizzling internal numbers when a front-running winner in last; very dangerous. Zippity Zoom is riding a two-race winning streak; very dangerous.

EIGHTH: Enterprising was a determined winner in last and owns faster back numbers; sharp recent works seal the deal. Howe Great is speedy, rested and training strongly; big-time threat. Taghleeb owns fast late pace figures and logged three tight drills since last start; dangerous.

NINTH: Chicago Son notched career-best pace figure in last and could capitalize on softer flow with switch to route. Gary Gullo entry: Lure of the South was a hard-charging winner at this level in last and mate City Steel has won three in a row; just ones goes with Jose Ortiz listed on both. Fleet First drops and owns fast back numbers; more than good enough if all is well. Lieutenant Dale moves to dirt after determined victory on turf last time; must be factored into the mix.

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