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Steve Matthews’ Belmont selections for Saturday, Oct. 1

Best Bet: ALTAR BOY (4); Best Value: FROSTMOURNE (8)

FIRST: He’s Cheeky logged deceptively fast final fraction in debut; more to give. Shamsaan hails from potent second-out stable; dangerous. Menacing Dennis’ speed must be respected. On dirt: Bonus Points.

SECOND: Divine Cause logged three tight works since clear-cut second in debut. Louisiana Lady was a tough-trip third in last; price will be tempting. Sharp Lacey owns speed and must be factored into the mix.

THIRD: Condo Prince his finished second to much-the-best winners in both starts. Fillet of Sole was just a half-length behind top selection in debut on July 9; dangerous. Coleman Rocky is training swiftly for first start; follow the money.

FOURTH: Altar Boy was a determined winner on dirt last week and is equally effective on turf. Lord of Love packs potent late kick on best efforts. Runaway Posse logged all three lifetime wins on Belmont sod; right in the thick of this.

FIFTH: Nobody Move is riding a forward line on the numbers and should pack amplified kick with cutback to sprint. Bustin It is speedy and owns fast figures but has been idle since the Fourth of July; must take the good with the bad. E J’s Legacy makes peak start of form cycle; don’t ignore.

SIXTH: Flintshire has won all four stateside starts; call in laughingly-small Turf Classic field. Money Multiplier was less than two lengths behind top selection in Sword Dancer last time; must consider. Twilight Eclipse was third in same last race as top pair; needless to say more.

SEVENTH: Wavell Avenue regressed in last after fast-figured win in previous start; rebounds today. Hot City Girl was a front-running winner in last and could play out as the controlling speed once again. Quezon logged three wins in five starts on Belmont loam; very playable.

EIGHTH: Frostmourne tallied solid late-pace number when winning debut; more to come. Sir Douglas moves to grass in first start since transferring to Chad Brown barn; very dangerous. Oscar Performance has trained strongly since impressive 10-length win at Saratoga last time; must be factored into the mix.

NINTH: Dannie’s Deceiver was a tough-trip fourth in Forego last out; call based on price in wide-open Vosburgh. Holy Boss is fresh and owns speed and swift figures; very dangerous. A. P. Indian has won four in a row (last two Grade I victories) and owns very rapid final numbers; be no surprise.

TENTH: Forever Unbridled was pace and trip compromised when third in Personal Ensign last time. Off the Tracks exits sprints and could play out as the dominant speed with aggressive ride. Penwith is riding a forward line on the numbers and makes third start since layoff; dangerous.

ELEVENTH: Right Ben was a tough-trip sixth in lone grass start and should move forward in second outing since layoff. It Must Be Nice rallied in debut and could be aided by added ground. Jo’s Bold Cat has finished second in both starts; logical, short-priced player. Undercover Agent makes first start for Mike Hushion; charting a must.


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