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Steve Matthews’ Belmont selections for Saturday, Sept. 17

Best Bet: CHELIOS (3)


FIRST: Lukcy Lotto owns fast late-pace figures and should pack intensified wallop with cutback to mile. Midnight Hawk logs swift numbers but drops in first start since claimed; mixed message. Forest Boy should be aided by return to dirt; price will be tempting.

SECOND: Soglio logged rapid final fraction when third in debut; more to come. Arch of the Diver is bred to improve with switch to sod. Heaven Is Waiting makes first start for Chad Brown; short ticket is waiting.

THIRD: Chelios gets price hike after hard-charging score in last; pairs up. Dad’z Laugh owns speed, fast figures and makes first start since reclaimed by Bruce Levine; very dangerous. Marble Falls regressed in last after determined win in previous start; rebound threat.

FOURTH: Lubash is fresh and owns swift numbers on best efforts. Ascend looms the prime beneficiary if fractions get fast and furious. Weekend Express was second to a repeat winner in last; very interesting.

FIFTH: The Walk logged three tight works since speed and fade in debut; improvement predicted. Dupree fired crisp half-mile drill since bad start in debut; worth long look. Avail Ekati compiled sneaky-good work tab for debut; follow the money.

SIXTH: Stormin Stephen is riding a forward line on the numbers and notched only win on Belmont grass. Wild Impulse moves to grass for Linda Rice after breaking maiden last time on Delaware dirt; very interesting. Bow Tie Affair could impact if pace meltdown ensues.

SEVENTH: Mr Harlan tallied swift late-pace figure when missing by a head bob in last. Prophet’s Cat logged three tight drills since game placing in last; big-time threat. The J Y is speedy and can prove very tough on an unchallenged lead.

EIGHTH: Saltine Warrior earned improved late-pace and final numbers when a determined winner in last; more to give. Testosterstone took backward step in last after strong second in previous start; bounce-back potential. Jet Black gets class relief and owns fast figures on “A” game; very dangerous.

NINTH: Noble Beauty tallied rapid final fraction when second (got win via dq) to a repeat victor in last; rates close call. On Leave is riding a three-race winning streak; very playable. Al Jazi brings rider along for stateside debut; very interesting.

TENTH: Captain Kitt is training with a purpose for first start in 16 months and displayed powerful kick in both grass starts; call in wide-open nightcap. Leaveematthegate logged fast figures in both starts this year; very dangerous. Bushmill Giant has worked consistently since much-improved second on Belmont turf in July; right in the thick of this. Oh So Sinister is a 7-year-old that’s 0-for-14 but exits clear-cut placing in last; must consider.


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