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Steve Matthews’ Belmont selections for Friday, May 19


Best Bet: MYAKKA RIVER (6)

Best Value: AUDRIQUE (7)

FIRST: Guick logged improved internal figure in last after notching fast final number in previous start; rates close call. Our American Star fired crisp half-mile work since much-improved placing in last; developing and dangerous. Quai Voltaire will be aided by return to dirt; right in the thick of this.

SECOND: Preziosa tallied solid late-pace figure when just a neck behind a next-out winner last time; more to come. Vouch for Kitten is fleet-footed and training sharply; very dangerous. Majestic Kindness faced pricier field last out at Keeneland; don’t ignore.

THIRD: Ultimate Holiday is speedy and looms the controlling speed in compact field. Insta Erma should posses amplified late wallop with cutback to 7 furlongs; very playable. Welcoming is another that should pack an intensified kick; good betting race.

FOURTH: Frost Wise regressed on turf last time after fast-figured second in dirt debut; surface switch is key. Summer Sweet also returns to dirt and fired 3-furlong bullet last week; dangerous. She’sakittykat debuts for white-hot Jason Servis stable; follow the money.

FIFTH: Awesome Quick logged third career win on Belmont turf last time; razor-sharp runner has more to give. Bright Side Up compiled tight work tab for first start since November; worth long look at long price. Double Dose is riding a two-race winning streak; right in the thick of this.

SIXTH: Myakka River displayed improved speed when blinkers were added last time; primed for breakthrough. Zap Zap Zap was a clear-cut second to a much-the-best first-time starter in debut; big-time threat. Saraab has logged swift numbers in all three starts; must consider.

SEVENTH: Audrique should possess intensified early speed with addition of blinkers; wire to wire with aggressive ride. Clairvoyant Lady makes first start since claimed by John Toscano (24 percent with new acquisitions); dangerous. Tainted Angel has won two of last four starts; must respect.

EIGHTH: Guilty Twelve has the benefit of the rail, is training sharply and is 1-for-1 at 10 furlong marathon. Puca chased swift splits and faltered last time; dangerous with softer flow. Chicadoro fired half-mile bullet in most recent work and packs powerful kick on “A” game.

NINTH: Isofass tallied deceptively fast figure on turf at Pimlico last spring and now makes first start since moving to Mike Maker barn; call in wide-open nightcap. Bookew Bucks notched only win on Belmont grass; very interesting. River Knight’s speed gives him a puncher’s chance at fat ticket; don’t ignore. Margarita Sunrise also is fleet-footed and must be factored in the mix. Heated Verdict fired eye-catching 5-furlong workout on May 7; price will be tempting.

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