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Steve Matthews’ Belmont selections for Saturday, June 18



Best Value: MARY’S IN UTOPIA (10)

FIRST: Outlash projects as the speed of the speed in third start of form cycle. Swivel logged three tight works since front-end score last out; worth long look. Againsome fired 5-furlong bullet for first start since March; dangerous.

SECOND: Made You Look was a clear-cut second in debut; experience edge plays large. Master Merion is from a dam that’s thrown three turf winners; follow the money. Conquest Sure Shot is training swiftly for Mark Casse; could be the goods.

THIRD: Chelios drops, returns to dirt and could be ideally positioned in the stalker’s seat. Chicago Son is fleet-footed and gets favorable cutback to sprint. Comandante is fresh and owns fast figs on ‘A’ game.

FOURTH: Takeover Target was a hard-charging winner in Grade II Dixie last time and fired half-mile bullet last week. Force the Pass is 1-for-1 on Belmont sod and is working with a purpose at Colt’s Neck training facility. King Kreesa delivers strong efforts with machine-like consistency; must consider.

FIFTH: Askfor Forgiveness compiled tight work tab for first start since September; primed and ready. Cats Halo was a change-of-pace fourth in last; price will be tempting. Cheering for Al has trained consistently since even fourth in debut; improvement expected.

SIXTH: Unrepented holds career-best form and should offer playable price in contentious field. Riot Worthy returns to dirt and notched crisp 5-furlong work on Tuesday; dangerous. Empress Jingu has trained sharply since hard-fought win in debut; logical, short-priced player.

SEVENTH: More Than a Legend makes first start with maiden-claiming tag and fired swift half-mile drill on June 10. Truly Bound also drops and logged deceptively fast final fraction in turf debut last time; worth long look at long price. Fired Up Sensation gets Lasix and is training sharply for first start since November; right in the thick of this.

EIGHTH: Mark My Style regressed in last after determined victory in previous start; rebounds today. Circus Performer is riding a forward line on late-pace and final figures; dangerous. Big Rock stopped last time but can prove very tough on an unchallenged lead; must consider.

NINTH: The Imposter fired half-mile bullet since hard-charging second in last; more to give. Midnight Notes should pack amplified late kick with cutback to 7 furlongs; very playable. Street Shark gets class relief and owns fast back numbers; very interesting. Special Selection was less than two lengths behind top selection when third on May 21; must be factored into the mix.

TENTH: Mary’s in Utopia has been raced into condition and notched career-best number on Belmont grass; call in wide-open nightcap. Alyssa and a Lisa compiled eye-catching work slate for first start since November; worth long look. Irish Actor tallied improved final fraction in last start; dangerous. Rescue Cat is speedy, rested and gets first-time Lasix; don’t ignore.

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