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Steve Matthews’ Belmont selections for Saturday, Sept. 10

Best Bet: LONE TRADER (9)

Best Value: VINCENTO (4)

FIRST: Dynamo Flotilla is fresh, drops and logged most recent win on Belmont loam. To the Victor packs potent late kick and could impact if pace meltdown ensues. Grey Glory is a last-race winner that hails from Danny Gargan barn; must consider.

SECOND: Ghareeb was speed sharpened on dirt last time; return to grass is key. Elroi logs fast final fractions on best efforts; very playable. Tambourin makes first start since said by Gargan barn; dangerous.

THIRD: Baccelo is riding a three-race winning streak; more to come. Touchofstarquality is speedy and owns fast figures; very dangerous. Comfort is 2-for-2 at Belmont Park; right in the thick of this.

FOURTH: Vincento tallied improved late-pace figure in last; primed for breakthrough at generous price. Adirondack Dancer gets class relief and owns two wins on Belmont sod. Orino bested top selection by more than four lengths when a front-running winner in last; big-time player. Brimstone also exits front-end score in last (albeit on dirt) and must be factored into the mix.

FIFTH: Made of Steel projects as the controlling speed in evenly-matched field. Shoot From the Hip was a tough-trip second in last; worth long look. Ten Hut made determined finish to break maiden last time at Parx; very interesting.

SIXTH: Sympathetic has trained with a purpose since finishing third to a much-the-best winner in debut; call based on price potential. Blind Pool made middle move and faded in well-bet debut for Chad Brown; must consider. Moonlit Garden fired 5-furlong bullet in first start for Todd Pletcher; stay tuned to the tote.

SEVENTH: Killybegs Captain, from a dam that has produced a turf winner, switches surfaces after flashing speed in debut; improvement predicted. Ticonderoga notched solid late-pace number when a hard-charging second in debut; logical, short-priced threat. Benefactor is working sharply for first start for Pletcher; need more?

EIGHTH: Bella Kateri owns a win and two seconds in three starts on Belmont turf and pulls weight from the field. First Charmer was a change-of-pace second in last and should offer generous price; worth long look. Startwithsilver is 1-for-1 on Belmont sod but will offer short ticket; for chalk lovers only.

NINTH: Lone Trader logged both wins on Belmont sod and was freshened for reopening of favorite venue; crisp half-mile work last week seals the deal. Inventor’s Gate displayed improved speed in last and should be aided by shorter trip. Araqeel should pack amplified late kick at 7 furlongs; dangerous. We Did owns a running style that should play well on grass; price will be tempting.

TENTH: Stichy G was compromised by wide trip in debut and fired 3-furlong bullet for return; throw deep in wide-open nightcap. Discreet Image was an ultra-game second in debut; regresses at short ticket today? Paz the Bourbon is riding a forward line on the numbers and moves to grass; logical. Louisiana Lady was a front-end third at 24-1 in first grass start; don’t dismiss.


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