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Steve Matthews’ Belmont selections for Saturday, Sept. 23

Best Bet: MOLLICA (4); Best Value: KABANG (8)

FIRST: In the Mood is firing bullets for first start in 51 days; call in opener that’s jammed with newcomers. Toni Rox is by a win-early sire; follow the money. Dream Fever makes first start for Brad Cox; must be considered.

SECOND: Fahan Mura is training sharply and is 1-for-1 on Belmont turf. Vasilika was a change-of-pace third in last; very dangerous. Silver Magnolia packs potent kick on best efforts; worth long look.

THIRD: Malibu Stacy was a fast-figured, front-running winner in last; pairs up. Off Limits notched solid late-pace figure when a determined winner in most recent; very dangerous. Celestine owns three wins from four starts on Belmont grass; right in the thick of this.

FOURTH: Mollica drops, returns to dirt and cuts back to sprint; all systems go. Guick fired swift half-mile drill and now makes peak start of form cycle since third in last race; dangerous. Bar None gets confident price boost after game placing in last; very interesting.

FIFTH: Commandeering tallied rapid final fraction when a game second in last; more to come. Switzerland owns speed and fast back figures but has failed four straight times at odds-on; need Swiss bank account to bet him. Via Castagna outworked 39 rivals in 5-furlong drill on Aug. 31; could be the goods.

SIXTH: Spectrolite has logged front-end scores in four of last five starts; keeps on giving. Portando also is speedy and is 2-for-2 on Belmont turf; very playable. Runaway Posse could be in the garden spot if top pair hook up on the lead.

SEVENTH: Mad Munnys moves to grass after displaying improved speed in last; bred to handle surface switch. Congruity logged three tight works for first grass start for Chad Brown; logical player. Infield Is In is riding a forward line on the numbers; worth long look.

EIGHTH: Kabang tallied swift late-pace figures in last two starts and fired half-mile bullet on Sept. 16; set for best. Gauguin has finished second in both U.S. starts; continues trend? Aquaphobia drops and owns fast figures on “A” game.

NINTH: Sharp Azteca is fleet-footed and owns field’s fastest final figures; 5-furlong bullet on Tuesday seals the deal. Divining Rod also fired 5-furlong bullet in most recent work and has three wins and a second in four starts at a mile; very dangerous. Tommy Macho logs competitive numbers on best efforts.

TENTH: Lutheran Rags was fourth in debut and hails from potent second-out stable. Brockmoninoff could play out as the controlling speed in grass debut. Zigmund moves to turf for Kiaran McLaughlin; worth long look. Diamond Setter is working swiftly for debut for Mark Casse; follow the money.

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