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Steve Matthews’ Belmont selections for Sunday, May 21

Best Bet: RUBICON (4); Best Value: BARONET (5)

FIRST: Breeze Burner is firing bullets for first start in 64 days; close call in weak opener. Italian Syndicate is speedy and will prove very tough on a soft lead. New Jersey John, a last-race winner, is improving with each start; don’t ignore.

SECOND: Comet Sixty Two logged solid late-pace figure when a game second in last; more to come. Game Girl is fleet-footed and could play out as the controlling speed. La Inesperada also is quick from the gate and owns fast figures on “A” efforts.

THIRD: Bustin the Bank regressed on the numbers in last after fast-figured placing in previous start; rebounds today. Draxhall Woods drops and could be in the garden spot if pace meltdown ensues. Souper Knight owns swift back numbers and should pack amplified kick with cutback to sprint.

FOURTH: Rubicon adds blinkers and returns to dirt after displaying improved speed in last; forward move predicted. Easy Way Out is fresh and owns fast figures; logical, short-priced player. Tough Old Bird makes peak start of form cycle after even fifth as the favorite in last; improvement expected.

FIFTH: Baronet was speed sharpened in sprint in last and projects as the controlling front-runner with aggressive ride. Believe Indeed owns fast final fractions on best efforts; very dangerous. It’s Two Hot Benny needed last and drops back in with restricted claimers; very interesting.

SIXTH: Desperado is rested and owns swift late-pace figures on best races; call based on price. Flyoff tallied solid final fraction when a clear-cut second in last; added ground could play to strength. Cerise’s Prince is speedy and will prove very tough on an unchallenged lead.

SEVENTH: Epping Forest upped record to 2-for-2 on Belmont grass when a hard-charging winner in last; more to come. Barrier to Entry is training with a purpose for first start since October; dangerous. Slam Chowder was second in only outing on Belmont sod; don’t dismiss.

EIGHTH: Battle Midway was pace and trip compromised when a clear-cut second in last; three tight works in the interim seals the deal. Cloontia owns speed, fast figures and loves Belmont grass; logical, short-priced player. Bibbo also loves Big B turf and makes first start since gelded; right in the thick of this.

NINTH: Citizen by Day made the lead and weakened in route last time and should pack enhanced late wallop with cutback to 6 furlongs. Jeanne’s Speight is fleet-footed and moves to turf; big-time, front-end threat. One Tough Angel owns a third and two seconds in last three starts; must consider. Liam’s World drops and should be aided by shorter trip.

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