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Steve Matthews’ Belmont selections for Monday, Oct. 10

Best bet: CANARSIE KID (4)

Best value: TESTOSTERSTONE (8)

FIRST: Dream a Little tallied swift late-pace figure when second in debut; more to come. Sabrina’s Angel also exits strong placing in first start; dangerous. Preying Mantis should pack amplified kick with cutback to sprint; worth long look.

SECOND: Baby Bear’s Soup drops after earning improved internal numbers in last. General Bellamy owns solid kick and could be in the garden spot if top selection wilts in the lane. Evolution is right in the thick of this on best efforts.

THIRD: Tellmeafookystory makes first start since moving to Todd Pletcher barn; call in small but contentious field. Ethan Hunt, an uncoupled barn mate of top selection, has delivered strong efforts in all four starts. Heavy Meddle bested a next-out winner last time and gets Lasix today; must be considered.

FOURTH: Canarsie Kid was a fast-figured, front-end winner in last; pairs up. C’Mon Boys gets favorable cutback and makes peak start of form cycle; very playable. Aktabantay drops to lifetime low; don’t ignore.

FIFTH: Girl From Glan ships in for solid Philly-based barn after strong third in last at Parx; call based on price potential. Natalie Victoria is speedy, owns fast figs and makes first start since claimed by Mike Pino; very dangerous. Banana Anna also is fleet-footed and and could easily take this on “A” game.

SIXTH: East Bay Lodge was pace and position compromised when a better-than-it-looks fourth in last; call in wide-open turf marathon. Powerful Instinct was a hard-charging second in last and handles the the distance; dangerous. Ocala Jim was a determined winner at Laurel last time and owns faster back numbers; very interesting.

SEVENTH: Rumble Doll was third versus tougher at Kentucky Downs last out and turnback to shorter sprint should amplify late wallop. Spectacular Me notched swift final fraction when a strong second in last; big-time player. Firsthand Report and Louisville First are last-race winners with fast figures; each must be factored into the mix.

EIGHTH: Testosterstone was a tough-trip fourth in last and owns swift numbers on best races. Tale of S’avall has faced graded stakes fields in six of eight career starts; dangerous. Neolithic regressed in last after fast-figured win in prior; rebound potential.

NINTH: Can’thelpbelieving has trained impressively since willing win in Cliff Hanger at Monmouth; rail draw seals the deal in contentious Knickerbocker. Blacktype won third in a row last time and owns faster back figures; very playable. Mr Maybe also won last start and is 1-for-1 on Belmont sod; right in the thick of this.

10TH: Rain in Spain displayed bounce-back speed in last after game placing in prior; set for breakthrough. Smile Big owns fast figs, makes peak start of form cycle for Chad Brown; underlay material. Fautive was a hard-charging second in debut; could easily take this. Bete Noir was victimized by glacial splits last time at Parx; price will be tempting.


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