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Steve Matthews’ Belmont selections for Saturday, May 21


Best Value: OUT OF NOWHERE (8)

FIRST: Whiskey Neat is fresh and projects as the main speed. Tom’s Gift owns fast figs and will be in the garden spot if top selection hits the wall in the lane. Boilermaker is fleet-footed and returns to dirt; dangerous.

SECOND: Industrial Policy logged improved final fraction in last. Onus is training with a purpose for first start since November. Catcha Rising Star could prove very tough on an unchallenged lead.

THIRD: Indycott is rested and owns speed and fast numbers. Touchofstarquality makes first start since gelded and owns two wins, a second and a third in four outings at Belmont; very playable. Dontbetwithbruno is more than good enough on best efforts.

FOURTH: Startwithsilver returns to grass after clear-cut maiden score on dirt last time. Animal Appeal is speedy and will prove a tough customer on an unchallenged lead. Congarette was a front-end maiden winner on Belmont sod last time; price will be tempting.

FIFTH: Analyze Dattt drops after much-improved fourth in last; needs to overcome tough post if able to draw in. Heavenly Sun tallied career-best number on Belmont sod last spring. Ezra displayed improved speed in last and is bred to handle turf. There Goes Ben should improve in second start since six-month layoff.

SIXTH: March Too gets class relief and owns fast back figures. Aleander makes first start since claimed by David Jacobson. Be a Hero was claimed by Bruce Levine last time and could easily take this on ‘A’ game.

SEVENTH: The Imposter is fresh and could be ideally positioned in wide-open turf dash. Came Back tallied solid late pace figure when a determined winner in last at Laurel; owns a win on Belmont turf. Storm Pursuit has won four of last five (albeit on dirt) but is just as capable on grass; big-time threat.

EIGHTH: Out of Nowhere should pack amplified late kick with cutback to 6 furlongs. Ametrine was second to a repeat winner in debut last fall; very dangerous. Katie Ice was a strong second in last; right in the thick of this.

NINTH: Juan and Bina fired crisp half-mile work on Tuesday and could be positioned in the stalker’s seat. Reverend Green could play out as the controlling speed from outside perch. Waymond Boyd logged fast-figured second in first start on Belmont loam; very dangerous.

TENTH: Seaside Schiller is 1-for-1 on Belmont sod and should move forward in second start since seven-month layoff. Summer Reading could play out as the speed of the speed with aggressive handling. Lightstream moves to grass for white-hot Brian Lynch after winning both starts on dirt; big-time player.

ELEVENTH: Paulassilverlining owns speed, fast figs and is 1-for-1 at Belmont Park. West Coast Chick tallied career-best number when winning last; worth long look. Momameamaria can prove very tough on an uncontested lead.

TWELFTH: J J ‘s the Boss adds blinkers, drops and should make big-time forward move in second lifetime start. Tiz a Chance makes first start since gelded, first start with maiden claiming tag and owns fast figs; could easily romp. Sky Chaparral moves to grass after displaying improved speed in last. Leatherhead Lurie owns competitive numbers on best efforts.

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