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Steve Matthews’ Belmont selections for Saturday, June 24



FIRST: Shesmyheartandsoul adds blinkers and projects as the speed of the speed with aggressive ride. Salori’s Bank packs solid late kick and could be in the garden spot if top selection gets hooked on the lead. Bellearama is fleet-footed and fired 5-furlong bullet on June 16; worth long look.

SECOND: Hansen’s Help gets Lasix and makes first start with maiden-claiming tag; call in weak field. Desert Affair owns three seconds and two thirds from nine starts; lacks will to win? Congarees Key hails from crafty Dennis Lalman barn; don’t ignore.

THIRD: Now Power is speedy and training with a purpose for first start since October; logged win and a second in two starts on Belmont grass. Penjade also loves Big B sod and hails from Chad Brown barn; need more? Squeeze is 2-for-2 but has been sidelined for more than a year; must take the good with the bad.

FOURTH: Won’t Burn was given a month to recover after fast-figure placing on May 17; three tight works for return seals the deal. Basic Hero is speedy and can prove very tough on an unchallenged lead. Beneficial Risk could impact at fat ticket if pace meltdown ensues.

FIFTH: Lover’s Key ships in from South Florida after winning three straight at Gulfstream; gets call if able to escape AE list. Puparee is quick from the gate and will offer generous price; worth long look. Somerset Sandy logged only win on this course and at distance last spring; dangerous. Miss Freeze has been on the bench since dominant score in debut on Belmont dirt last July; must be factored into the mix.

SIXTH: River Deep has worked three times since fast-figured placing last month; more to give. Javelin also has trained strongly since tallying swift number when second in last start; very dangerous. Spectre Bond is firing bullets for first start; could be the goods.

SEVENTH: Voodoo Song was a clear-cut winner in lone grass outing and exits useful prep race in last; forward move predicted. Clutch Cargo owns fast late-pace figures but lacks speed; demand value. River Knight is fleet-footed and must be given a puncher’s chance at fat ticket.

EIGHTH: Rum Go has fired two bullet works since hard-charging win on Indiana grass last time; ready for prime time. Talaaqy overcame wide trip to win last at Belmont; big-time player. Rubilinda lived up to heavy tote support when a last-to-first winner in debut for Chad Brown; right in the thick of this.

NINTH: Southside Warrior was a 12-length winner in the mud on May 6 and fired 5-furlong bullet on June 15 for return to grass; rates close call. Munjaz owns a win and a second in two starts at the distance and should be sitting on breakthrough effort in second start since two-month absence; very playable. Eirigh drops and makes third start of form cycle; must be factored into the mix.

TENTH: Mr. Massena tallied career-best pace figure on dirt last time and should be sitting on big-time forward move with return to grass. Wondermeister was compromised by tough trip when a strong third in last; very dangerous. Captain Kitt bested Wondermeister by a half-length after wide journey on June 2; right in the thick of this. Ezra has worked three times since last start and can impact at juicy ticket if fractions get fast and furious.

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