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Steve Matthews’ Belmont selections for Saturday, May 7

Best Bet: TIZ A CHANCE (5)

Best Value: HOCKEY SCHOOL (6)

FIRST: Arnhem projects as the speed of the speed with aggressive ride. Liberty Fuze also is fleet-footed and will prove very tough if able to shake clear. Da Wildcat Girl fired 5-furlong bullet last week and could be in the garden spot if pace meltdown ensues.

SECOND: Lone Trader logged only win on Belmont sod and now makes first start for Danny Gargan. Oscar Mike runs late and 7-furlong trip should suit. Tashreeh is speedy and fresh; dangerous.

THIRD: High I. Q. Pete is fleet-footed and training with a purpose. Encrypt was a fast-figured second in debut; very dangerous. Connect is working sharply for second start for Chad Brown; obvious threat.

FOURTH: Mylute needed last and logged career-best figure at Belmont Park. Anchor Down regressed in last after fast-figured third in previous start; rebound threat. Matterhorn won last at Big A and owns two wins on Belmont loam; don’t dismiss.

FIFTH: Tiz a Chance makes first start since gelded and owns field’s fastest final fractions on best races. Bedside Blues moves to grass after displaying improved speed in last; very interesting. Excluded moves to turf after tough-trip fourth in most recent; worth long look.

SIXTH: Hockey School tallied solid late pace figure when a rough-journeyed sixth in last; more to give. Deeply Undervalued is training sharply for second start for Chad Brown; name says it all. Caldera was a willing third in blanket photo last out; must consider.

SEVENTH: Ganador logged crisp 5-furlong drill since clear-cut second in last; more to come. Celtic Chaos was more than four lengths behind top selection last time but was fast-figured winner two starts back; very playable. Secured Position notched career-best pace figures in last; price will be tempting.

EIGHTH: Final Encore fired a pair of solid half-mile works since solid second in last; 7-furlong trip plays to strength. Changewilldoyagood owns a win and a third in three starts on Belmont grass; dangerous. River Dancer needed last and owns swift back numbers; don’t ignore.

NINTH: Testosterstone compiled six tight works for first start in 57 days; rates call based on price potential. Thirst for Glory was a determined winner in last and logged three swift drills in the interim; could easily take another. Pop the Hood’s speed gives him a puncher’s chance at juicy price.

TENTH: Perfect Title was a clear-cut winner in last and owns faster back figures; more to give. Ironicus is training strongly and owns rapid late pace and final numbers on “A” game; very dangerous. Red Rifle failed as the favorite in last but should prove far more formidable in second start since six-month absence.

ELEVENTH: Robillard could capitalize on unchallenged lead in compact Sheepshead Bay field. Guapaza is firing bullets for second stateside start for Chad Brown; very dangerous. Carla Bianca gets Lasix for U.S. debut; must consider.

TWELFTH: CJ’s Awesome took backward step when facing tougher last time after determined win in previous start; rebounds today. Chairman Now is fleet-footed and can prove very tough if able to secure an unchallenged lead. Beautyinthepulpit showed zero interest in running last time but owns field’s fastest numbers on “A”’ game; damaged goods? Futurazo can prove to be a front-end threat on best efforts.

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