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Steve Matthews’ Belmont selections for Monday, May 30

Best Bet: MACAGONE (7)

Best Value: INVADING HUMOR (9)

FIRST: Ginned Up turns back to 7 furlongs and should pack amplified late kick in tricky opener; 3-furlong bullet on Thursday seals the deal. Classy Chris was a clear-cut second when making wide move in debut; very dangerous. Dream On logged three tight works since improved fourth in first turf start last time; worth long look.

SECOND: Unrepented made sustained rally when a clear-cut second after poor start last time; close call in contentious dash. Wisdom of Oz also finished second in last and owns fast back numbers. Enduring Touch is speedy, rested and makes first start since claimed by Michelle Nevin; right in the thick of this.

THIRD: Eye Luv Lulu bounced in last after fast-figured win in prior; rebounds today. Royal Posse is fresh and logs fast figures with machine-like consistency; could easily romp. Bellamy Way makes third start of form cycle and is competitive on best efforts.

FOURTH: Quezon packs potent late kick and is firing bullets for first start since March. Bar of Gold makes peak start of form cycle and after running third in key race last time; dangerous. Perfect Freud could play out as the speed of the speed with aggressive ride.

FIFTH: Rescue Cat is speedy, rested and gets the meds; tight workout tab is the clincher. Sea Pebble adds blinkers and is from a dam that has produced two turf winners. Wantagh Queen is fresh and owns fast figures on best efforts.

SIXTH: Bust Another logged three tight works since even fourth in last; forward move predicted. Championofthenile owns speed, swift figs and makes first start since gelded; big-time player. Sudden Surprise also is fleet-footed and notched six wins in nine starts; could easily take this.

SEVENTH: Macagone projects as the controlling speed from the hedge; two, 6-furlong works since last win seals the deal. Lubash loves Belmont sod and could be in the garden spot if top selection hits the wall in the lane. Notacatbutallama is training with a purpose for first start since 53-day freshener; dangerous.

EIGHTH: Absatootly owns speed and is favorably posted outside in contentious field. Katniss the Victor packs potent late wallop and could be in the catbird seat if pace meltdown ensues. Flatterywillgetyou was a visually-impressive winner in third straight victory last time; right in the thick of this.

NINTH: Invading Humor can be effective from on or just off pace and compiled eye-catching work slate for first start since November. Selenite gets class relief and favorable cutback in distance; dangerous. Neck of the Moon was a hard-charging second in last; must consider.

TENTH: Freedom Seven is riding a forward line on the numbers and could be primed for breakthrough effort with return to grass. Southern Gentleman could play out as the dominant speed in turf debut; very dangerous. Croke Park moves to sod for Mike Maker; must respect. Cosmic Thunder compiled sneaky-good work tab for first start; follow the money.

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