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Steve Matthews’ Belmont selections for Saturday, June 17


Best Bet: COOL AS YOU LIKE (1) ; Best Value: GENTRIFY (7)

FIRST: Cool as You Like compiled tight work tab for first start since September for potent layoff barn (Jimmy Toner); primed and ready. Frost Wise is speedy and will prove very tough on a soft lead. Cozzy Spring was a strong second in last; dangerous.

SECOND: Berks County chased fast fractions in Pimlico stakes last time; class drop and square price seal the deal. Three Perfections owns fast back figures; dangerous. Rappel displayed improved kick when third in last; right in the thick of this. Katune was a front-running winner in last; must consider.

THIRD: Court Dancer is fleet-footed and may play out as the speed of the speed with aggressive ride. Clipthecouponannie owns five wins from six starts; if chalk is your game. Super Allison could impact if pace meltdown ensues.

FOURTH: Desperado should posses intensified wallop with cutback to shorter route. Wage Acceleration makes turf debut for Chad Brown; need more? McLaughlin entry: Lucullan and Peace Speaker make first grass start; neither would surprise.

FIFTH: Puparee gets added ground and could play out as the controlling speed with aggressive ride. Queen of Castle is riding forward line on the numbers; price will be tempting. Addictive gets class relief and turns back to sprint; big-time player.

SIXTH: Deltalina is rested and projects as the controlling front-runner from the fence. War Queen pressed the pace and faded last time; cutback to 6 furlongs plays to strength. Wantagh Queen logged only career win on Belmont grass; worth long look. Veil Dance could be in the garden spot if fractions get fast and furious.

SEVENTH: Gentrify took backward step in last after fast-figured win in previous start; rebounds. Sir Bond owns fast late-pace and final figures; very dangerous. David Jacobson entry: Will Did It needed last and mate Baby Bear’s Soup owns swift back numbers; potent pairing.

EIGHTH: Now Power is swift from the gate and is training sharply for first start since October; main speed. Penjade tallied rapid final fraction when a determined winner on May 10; very playable. Puca makes peak start of form cycle after front-running placing in last; right in the thick of this.

NINTH: Majestic Mac moves to grass after speed-and-fade tightener in dirt sprint last time; forward move predicted. Congarees Key hails from crafty layoff barn (Dennis Lalman); price will be tempting. Emiliana’s Hope makes first start with maiden-claiming tag; worth long look at long price. Got the Gist moves to grass and adds Lasix in first start since moving to Chad Brown barn; improvement expected.

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