Good Morning
Good Morning

Steve Matthews’ Belmont selections for Sunday, June 18

Best Bet: HOLD ON MOMMA (3); Best Value: APPEALING BRIEFS (5)

FIRST: Breakin Daylight compiled tight work tab since useful third in debut; forward move predicted. No Worries Mate is training with a purpose for debut; dangerous. Morrison is another newcomer with a solid work slate; stay tuned to the tote.

SECOND: Battery is riding a forward line on the numbers and drops; more to give. Lucky Lotto was a fast-figured second in last; big-time threat. Chosen One Elijah owns fast back figures; don’t ignore.

THIRD: Hold On Momma notched improved internal and final figures when second to a clear-cut winner in last; call based on price. Divine Miss Gray logged swift late-pace number when a dominant winner in last; very dangerous. Honor Way was a fast-figured maiden winner in last at Gulfstream Park; must be factored into the mix.

FOURTH: Foreign Affair tallied fast late-pace figure in lone turf start and is working with a purpose for return. Assertive moves to turf with swift dirt figures; underlay material. Culpa Mia was a solid third in only grass outing; must consider.

FIFTH: Appealing Briefs owns fast late-pace figures and is working consistently for first start since January; primed and ready. Follow the Signs is speedy, rested and moves to grass for Chad Brown; very dangerous. Danza Kuduro made incremental improvement on the numbers from first to second start; very interesting.

SIXTH: Kirby’s Penny is firing bullets for first start since April and projects as the main speed with aggressive handling. Your Love made sustained run when a fast-figured winner in debut; big-time player. Just Got Out drew off to decisive victory when reunited with Belmont loam on June 2; right in the thick of this.

SEVENTH: First Charmer has logged best numbers on Belmont grass and should offer generous ticket in wide-open turf dash. Animal Appeal is fleet-footed and gets class relief; serious front-running threat. Perdona also is speedy and cutback to 6 furlongs could play to strength.

EIGHTH: Lubash is a 10-time winner on Belmont sod and should be nearing peak in third start since five-month absence. Catapult also makes prime start of form cycle and loves Big B lawn; dangerous. Projected notched swift final fraction in Pimlico stake last out; seriously consider.

NINTH: Ready for Rye owns fast figures on best efforts and is training sharply for first start since November. Life in Shambles has worked three times since even third on May 7; improvement expected. All Star Red failed to beat a horse when trying turf last time but should improve with return to dirt. Alex the Terror regressed in last after fast-figured win in previous start; bounce-back potential.

TENTH: On Tap was pressured on the front end when a solid third in last start; enjoys softer flow today. Unbridled Ocean adds blinkers and turns back to sprint; amplified wallop expected. Rapscallion is fresh and owns solid numbers on “A” efforts. Tiz a Chance bested a next-out winner when a clear-cut second at this level in last; must be factored into the mix.

New York Sports