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Steve Matthews’ Belmont selections for Saturday, May 20



FIRST: Secret Scholar logged career-best number at Belmont and fired 3-furlong bullet on May 3. Pimm’s Cup was a front-running second in last; very dangerous. The Brown Bomber also exits speedy second in most recent; right in the thick of this.

SECOND: Balfe’s Corner compiled tight work tab for first start since August; primed and ready. Fielding Gold regressed in last after string of fast-figured efforts; big-time player. Augie’s Coming was a clear-cut second when favored in last; logical, short-priced threat.

THIRD: Artie’s Silver Mine logged fast late-pace figure in last and has worked three times in the interim. Fire Away owns two wins on Belmont turf; dangerous. Il Segreto is speedy and drops; don’t ignore.

FOURTH: Luna Rising was done in by swift fractions last out; softer flow today. Doinwhatshelikes could be in the garden spot if pace meltdown ensues. Wildcat Belle wheels back in a hurry after clear-cut win on Wednesday; worth long look.

FIFTH: Laura’s Patriot gets extra furlong after hard-charging third in last; call based on price. Broken Border owns fast figures but has been sidelined for more than a year; demand value. Queen of Spades makes peak start of form cycle and will offer generous odds; very interesting.

SIXTH: Nominal Dollars notched improved internal numbers in last and drops two price levels; forward move predicted. Our Karma was a fast-figured, front-end winner in last; very playable. Swift One also is a last-race victor and consistently logs swift numbers; be no surprise.

SEVENTH: Bellavais made middle move and flattened last out; more to give in second start since four-month absence. Con Te Partiro packs solid kick on best efforts and fired eye-catching 5-furlong bullet on May 7; very dangerous. Lady Alexandra was a winner over the course on May 3; logical, short-priced player.

EIGHTH: Winter Springs cuts back to sprint and should possess amplified wallop in field that’s jammed with speed. Small Fortune is speedy but could play out as the swiftest of the swift with aggressive ride. Special Selection owns a late-running style that could be aided by probable pace dynamics.

NINTH: Puparee was a very game second in last and owns faster back figures; more to give. Discreet Image is training sharply for first start since November; worth long look. Out of Trouble owns speed and should benefit from turnback to 7 furlongs.

TENTH: Out of Nowhere logged lifetime-best number on Belmont turf and is firing bullets for first start in 89 days; call in wide-open nightcap. Empty House notched swift late-pace figure when a fast-closing third in last; dangerous. Weekend Hottie owns solid numbers on best efforts; must be factored into the mix. Americasprincess should improve in second start since 17-month layoff; price will be tempting.

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