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Steve Matthews’ Belmont selections for July 8

Best Bet: NEW YORK’S ZIP (9); Best Value: BARRIER TO ENTRY (7)

FIRST: Golden Sabre fired 5-furlong bullet since last start and owns field’s fastest final fractions. Twilight Eclipse, a Grade I winner on grass, was an even third very strong field last out; dangerous. Legendary owns three wins from six starts on Belmomt grass; don’t ignore.

SECOND: Littlemissbusiness owns speed and drops; call in tricky maiden dash. Majestic Lassie is training with a purpose for first start since March. Victoria Road compile tight work tab for debut; follow the money.

THIRD: Sioux projects as the speed of the speed with aggressive ride in field where three of the five are trained by Rudy Rodriguez. Good Luck Gus could be the prime beneficiary if pace meltdown ensues. Royal Posse delivers strong efforts with machine-like consistency.

FOURTH: Passporttovictory fired eye-catching half-mile bullet on June 24; best guess. Code Red debuts for Mike Hushion; could be the goods. Christening owns experience edge in field of newcomers; must consider.

FIFTH: Legend Keeper could secure unchallenged lead in small field. Richie’s Rich is riding a four-race winning streak; very dangerous. Rich ‘n’ Tuck logged swift half-mile work since clear-cut victory in last; right in the thick of this.

SIXTH: Jennys Creek notched crisp half-mile drill for first start since April; call based on price potential. Ametrine drops and makes peak start of form cycle; very playable. Congarette is fresh and can prove to be very tough on a soft lead.

SEVENTH: Barrier to Entry was speed sharpened on dirt last time and now moves to surface of lone victory. Aussie Prayer packs potent late kick but has finished second in last two starts; continues trend? May Flowers drops and should move forward in second start since six-month absence; worth long look. Orzo has trained sharply since breaking maiden on Belmont sod in May; must be factored into the mix.

EIGHTH: Bishop’s Pond is rested and owns swift late-pace figures on ‘A’ game. Carnevale has delivered strong efforts in all three U.S. starts. Queen’s Parade has only been off the board once in last 10 starts; logical contender.

NINTH: New York’s Zip gets class relief, moves to dirt and could be ideally positioned in the stalker’s seat. Mr Curiosity was a fast-figured, front-running second in last; be no surprise. Here Comes R J finished second in last two outings and now makes first start since claimed by Michelle Nevin; right in the thick of this. Peculiar Sensation owns speed and starts from the fence; must be considered.

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