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Steve Matthews’ Belmont selections for Saturday, July 16

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Best Bet: ESCAPE TO THE MOON (1)

Best Value: BARREL OF DREAMS (2)

FIRST: Escape to the Moon tallied improved internal numbers in Finger Lakes stake last time; class drop seals the deal. Second City packs potent late kick and fast figs; very dangerous. Scarly Charly consistently logs swift numbers .

SECOND: Barrel of Dreams was a clear-cut winner in first start since January last time; pairs up. Emerald Pond also won last and bested a next-out winner in the process; dangerous. Indygita should be tighter in second start since two-month layoff.

THIRD: Manifest Destiny set fast fractions when a dominant winner in debut; more to give. Runaway Lute compiled eye-catching work slate since winning first start on May 28; very playable. Silver Mission has yet to taste defeat in two starts; right in the thick of this.

FOURTH: T R Crew notched rapid late-pace figure when a hard-charging second last time; call based on price. Mini Sala was a speed-and-fade fourth in debut; improvement expected. Justalittlebitmore is training sharply for first start in 63 days; dangerous.

FIFTH: Sauvignon logged three tight works since displaying strong kick when winning last; more in the tank. Same Kinda Crazy earned fast pace and final figs when winning last; big-time threat. Laura’s Patriot is riding a forward line on the numbers.

SIXTH: Time for Angie regressed in last after fast-figured win in previous start; rebounds. Distinctive Lady was a clear-cut second in last; dangerous. Da Wildcat Girl gets confident price boost after 5-length score in last; worth long look.

SEVENTH: Lull is training with a purpose and makes debut for Christophe Clement; follow the money. Asscher moves to grass for Todd Pletcher; improvement expected. She’slikethewind makes first start for Michael Dickinson; worth long look.

EIGHTH: Force the Pass was a clear-cut second in Grade III Poker last out; half-mile bullet on July 1 is the clincher. King Kreesa owns seven wins on Belmont sod; more than good enough on “A” game. Lubash, a nine-time winner on Belmont grass, must be factored into the mix.

NINTH: Luckbox Sam earned career-best pace figures when making premature move to the lead and fading last out; more to come. Classic Giacnroll could impact if pace meltdown ensues. Street Chief drops to lifetime low; fire sale?

TENTH: Mary’s in Utopia was a change-of-pace seventh in last; throw deep in wide-open nightcap. Electrified earned fast fig in debut but has been on the bench for more than a year; must take the good with the bad. Irish Actor lacks speed but adds blinkers and could be more forwardly positioned today; must consider. Subtle Lady lost rider at the break in well-bet comeback last out; must be factored into the mix.

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