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Steve Matthews’ Belmont selections for Friday, May 26

Best Bet: FORGET IT (8); Best Value: GENTRIFY (5)

FIRST: Walk and Talk displayed speed in useful debut and is bred to handle switch to sod. Morrison owns grass bloodlines on both sides of pedigree. Fast Boat is firing bullets for debut for Christophe Clement; stay tuned to the tote.

SECOND: Desiree Clary compiled tight work tab for first start since March and is 1-for-1 on Belmont grass. Dream Prospect owns an advantageous stalker’s style; dangerous. Boreale gets Lasix for stateside debut; must be factored into the mix.

THIRD: Grassarla is speedy and projects as the controlling front-runner with aggressive ride. Spring Folly made sustained rally when a tough-trip third in debut; very playable. Sweet August Lady debuts for Chad Brown; any questions?

FOURTH: Princess Sariah earned improved internal numbers in last and drops two price levels. Thirtydaysinjune is fleet-footed and riding a forward line on the figures; big-time player. Nauti Belle was a clear-cut second to a runaway winner last time; logical threat.

FIFTH: Gentrify was a determined winner in last and owns faster back figures; pairs up victories. Formal Summation is training with a purpose for first start since April 1; front-end threat. Sir Bond packs potent late kick on best efforts.

SIXTH: Fear overcame soft flow when a hard-charging winner in last; more to give in wide-open turf dash. Summer Breezing is speedy, rested and loves the Belmont turf; very playable. Captain Gaughen owns fast late-pace numbers on best efforts; must consider. Grand Sky can impact if pace meltdown ensues.

SEVENTH: Shadow Rider moved into the hottest part of the pace when a clear-cut second last time; more to come. Dogtown is speedy and consistently delivers strong efforts; dangerous. Control Group has trained sharply since demolishing maidens on March 26; right in the thick of this.

EIGHTH: Forget It is speedy and projects as the dominant front-runner in turf debut. Double Dose wheels back in a hurry after winning second in a row last week; very dangerous. First Charmer was a fast-closing second in last; big-time player.

NINTH: Smokey Brown was pace and position compromised when third to a repeat winner in last; call in wide-open nightcap. Irish Prayer was an even fourth in first start since November last time; forward move expected. Smarty Kitten makes third start since three-month layoff; dangerous. Southern Union is speedy and must be respected. Lone Trader bested top selection by more than a length when a two-move second in last; right in the thick of this.

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