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Steve Matthews’ Belmont selections for Sunday, Oct. 16



Best Value: GALARDONADO (5)

FIRST: Winning Road is speedy and should be tighter in second start since 10-month absence. Admiral Blue logged fast late-pace and final figures when second in last; very dangerous. Happy Match gets favorable return to dirt; right in the thick of this.

SECOND: Summersault is training sharply and packs potent late kick on best. Flattermefabulous was a front-running winner in last; big-time threat. Kundray hasn’t been off the board in all six turf starts; must consider.

THIRD: Conquest Prankster has improved in all three starts; more to come. Callant displayed speed in key-race debut this past summer; worth long look at long price. Control Group compiled an eye-catching work tab for debut; follow the money.

FOURTH: Spirituality has trained swiftly since regressing in Arlington stake last out; bounces back today. Amapola has notched fast figures in all three starts; very dangerous. Arella Rockstar was a clear-cut winner in debut and now makes first start since claimed by Rudy Rodriguez.

FIFTH: Galardonado displayed improved speed in last and could be circling back to previous swift numbers. Storm Pursuit is fleet-footed and loves Belmont Park; very interesting. Erik the Red drops and packs potent late kick on “A” game.

SIXTH: Dream Man was a determined winner at this level in last; needs scratches to get in. Frogman Mel was pace compromised when a willing third in last; very playable. Winter Springs should pack amplified wallop with cutback to mile. McIlroy is right in the thick of this on best efforts.

SEVENTH: China Rider switches surfaces and tallied swift late-pace figures in both dirt starts. Thirsty Madam also moves to main track and fired half-mile bullet on Columbus Day; worth long look. Really is working sharply for second start for Chad Brown; must be factored into the mix.

EIGHTH: Kathy’s Humor is rested, training with a purpose and owns advantageous stalker’s style. Llanita took backward step in last after winning previous start; rebound threat. Maura’s Pass logged three of four lifetime wins on Belmont sod; must consider.

NINTH: Sunrise Kitty was speed sharpened in last and should make forward move in second start since two-month layoff. Gagaoveryou was a front-running winner for this price on Sept. 2; very dangerous. Dauphine Russe owns fast numbers but takes precipitous price plunge in first start since claimed; mixed message. Sun and Moon owns a fast-figured win on Belmont turf and looms a front-end threat on best effort.


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