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Steve Matthews’ Belmont selections for Sunday, May 8

Best Bet: SPEEDING COMET (5); Best Value: MARY’S IN UTOPIA (9)

FIRST: Son of Oahu owns fast final fractions and logged three tight works last month. City Gold is a fresh and rested runner from Linda Rice barn; dangerous. Just Been Jammin is speedy and can prove tough on a soft lead.

SECOND: Say Cin Cin owns fast figs and makes third start of form cycle. Presumptuous earned solid numbers in both starts. Going for Broke was second in debut and should appreciate today’s longer trip.

THIRD: Roman Reign owns two wins, a second and a third in four starts at Belmont Park; call based on price. Stone Supplier was a fast-figured, front-end winner in last; very dangerous. Hot House Rose is 1-for-1 on Belmont loam; don’t dismiss.

FOURTH: Cave Johnson gets class relief and notched swift numbers in all three turf starts. Quality Indeed is fleet-footed and could get brave on unchallenged lead. Eden Ridge is from a dam that’s thrown a turf winner; worth long look.

FIFTH: Speeding Comet packs potent kick, loves Belmont sod and fired 5-furlong bullet on April 23; primed and ready. Life in Shambles owns fast dirt figs and is working sharply for switch to grass; dangerous. Captain Gaughen could be sitting in the garden spot if pace meltdown ensues. Commute fired 5-furlong bullet since last start; right in the thick of this.

SIXTH: Meet in Khartoum earned improved pace figs in last start at Big A and is 1-for-1 at Belmont; set for best. Hot Dudette can prove to be a very tough customer on an uncontested lead. Oaks should pack enhanced late kick at 6 furlongs.

SEVENTH: Moss Code was a clear-cut maiden winner in last and owns faster back numbers; more to come. Infinite Wisdom won only start on Belmont grass; big-time threat. Don Camillo was a fast-figured second in last at GP; very dangerous.

EIGHTH: Joking made sustained rally to win last at Big A and owns three wins and three seconds at Belmont Park; pairs up victories. Ready for Rye, another Belmont lover, was a fast-figured second in last at Kee; dangerous. Mewannarose owns very fast numbers on best efforts; right in the thick of this. Green Gratto’s speed always gives him a chance; must respect.

NINTH: Mary’s in Utopia tallied improved pace figure on Big A dirt last time and notched best final number on Belmont sod last summer; call in wide-open nightcap. Little Mary Ellen is rested and owns solid late pace numbers on turf; worth long look at long price. J K’s Girl moves to turf and makes first start with maiden-claiming tag; dangerous. Stormin Saratoga debuts for Todd Pletcher; obviously must be factored into the mix.

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