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Steve Matthews’ Belmont selections for Sunday, May 28

Best Bet: VOODOO SONG (5); Best Value: THORNADO (4)

FIRST: Major League takes two-level price drop for white-hot Jason Servis stable; close call in cheap opener. Set the Trappe tallied determined score in first start on Belmont soil; very dangerous. Doolittle Raiders is speedy and gets favorable cutback to sprint; don’t ignore.

SECOND: Tapceptional was a game second in debut and gets the nod if race is moved to wet dirt. She Remembered is training with a purpose for first start since November for sizzling Jeremiah Englehart barn; very playable. J C My Way owns speed and makes third start of form cycle; very interesting.

THIRD: Bustin It is speedy, owns fast figures and is riding a two-race winning streak. Pegasus Red packs potent late kick on best efforts. Mighty Zealous owns fast back numbers; don’t ignore.

FOURTH: Thornado adds blinkers and projects as the controlling speed with aggressive ride. Consumerconfidence owns fast figures and hails from Chad Brown barn; for chalk lovers only. Madeyourpoint grabbed short-lived lead in the stretch and flattened at longer trip last time; turnback to 7 furlongs should play to strength.

FIFTH: Voodoo Song delivered lifetime best effort in lone start at Belmont last fall; 5-furlong bullet on May 11 seals the deal. Benevolence was a hard-charging second in last and should have more to give in third start of form cycle. Wrong Ben is fleet-footed and can prove to be a very tough customer on a soft lead.

SIXTH: Banana Thief is training sharply for first start since October and was a winner off the bench last summer. Final Encore needed last and owns solid numbers on “A” game. Bancroft Hall has delivered strong efforts in both starts; right in the thick of this.

SEVENTH: Docs Legacy wheels back in a hurry after being pace compromised last week at Monmouth; call based on price potential. Indebted upped record to 2-for-2 on Belmont turf when a determined winner in last; very dangerous. Altar Boy was a tough-trip sixth in last and owns fast back numbers; big-time player.

EIGHTH: Splashtastic has worked three times since clear-cut placing in last; call based on price. Destin owns fast numbers but has been sidelined since August; mixed message. Touchofstarquality logged career-best number at Belmont Park; must consider.

NINTH: Acoustic overcame tough trip and slow pace to break maiden at Laurel last time; more to come. Snowfly should be tighter in second start since five-month layoff; very playable. Astounding was a fast-figured third in only grass start; must consider. River of Dreams notched only win on Belmont grass; very interesting. Kid Jeter must be factored into the mix if able to escape AE listed.

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