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Steve Matthews’ Belmont selections for Sunday, June 25

Best Bet: ROSSIE VAL (1); Best Value: SANDY’Z SLEW (4)

FIRST: Rossie Val tallied solid late-pace figure when an eight-length maiden winner last out; pairs up. Lightning Buzz was done in by fast fractions last time; cutback to 6 furlongs plays to strength. Play Big was a clear-cut second to a repeat winner in last; very dangerous.

SECOND: Little Jerry is rested and projects as the controlling speed with aggressive ride. Neoclassic was a hard-charging winner at this level in last; very playable. War Bond should pack amplified kick with cutback to shorter route; right in the thick of this.

THIRD: Alright Alright is fleet-footed and training sharply for first start since claimed by Rudy Rodriguez. Sir Bond, also from Rodriguez barn, looms the prime beneficiary if stable mate hits the wall in the lane. Rockford makes first outing since red-tagged by Robertino Diodoro; very dangerous.

FOURTH: Sandy’z Slew owns fast figures on best efforts and is working sharply for first start in 50 days; all systems go. We Deer You fired half-mile bullet since determined win on Woodbine Polytrack last out; very interesting. Aktabantay gets confident price hike after hard-charging win in last; big-time player. Vici could impact if pace meltdown ensues; don’t ignore.

FIFTH: Lucky Lotto wheels back in a hurry after even third versus pricier last week; rates close call. Formal Summation is speedy, rested and owns fast figures; big-time threat. Driving Me Crazy makes first start since claimed by Jason Servis; must consider.

SIXTH: Madam Aamoura gets class relief and makes third start of form cycle; price will not get pulse racing, however. Argyle Gal failed to deliver “A” game in slop last time; improvement expected on dry land. Two Term Max is another that failed to fire best shot on wet track last out; worth a look.

SEVENTH: Lover’s Key ships in from South Florida after winning three straight on Gulfstream grass; ready for prime time. Silly Numbers overcame wide trip to get up in the last jump last time; worth long look at long price. Frosty Gal returns to grass after taking backward step on the numbers last time; rebound potential at fat ticket.

EIGHTH: Marriage Fever notched rapid late-pace figure on dirt last time and should transfer razor-sharp form to turf. Mills made sustained run en route to game victory for this price in last; very dangerous. Slim Shadey owns swift numbers and makes first start since claimed by Jason Servis; right in the thick of this.

NINTH: Reason to Soar gets Lasix and is working with a purpose for switch to turf; rates close call. T Loves a Fight has won four of last five and powerful kick should play well on grass; very playable. Bookew Bucks makes third start since six-month layoff and notched only win on Belmont grass; don’t ignore.

TENTH: Ciao Belle Mia compiled tight work tab for first start with maiden-claiming tag; call in field where most of the contenders are on the AE list. Grand Banks makes peak start of form cycle and drops to lifetime low; needs scratches to get in. Grande Beso, also outside the body of the race, is riding a forward line on the numbers. Freckle de Freck has finished second in last two outings; must respect. Weekend Hottie owns fast figures but is 0-for-20; must take the good with the bad.

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