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Steve Matthews’ Belmont selections for Sunday, Oct. 2

Best Bet: COASTED (5); Best Value: DO SHARE (7)

FIRST: Super Marina logged deceptively fast internal and final figures in turf debut; call in tricky opener. Matinee Babe adds blinkers and should improve with race under belt. Jetsam Six regressed in last after clear-cut placing in previous start; rebound potential.

SECOND: Wizardly overcame soft fractions when a game second in last; more to give. Street Chief can prove to be a front-running threat on best efforts. Mr Palmer drops and owns swift numbers on “A” game; right in the thick of this.

THIRD: Mirai delivered on heavy tote support when a determined winner in debut; pairs up. Pat On the Back is riding a two-race winning streak; dangerous. Haul Anchor has notched solid efforts in all three starts; must consider.

FOURTH: Fort Smith is rested and could be perfectly suited to 6 1/2-furlong trip. Mighty Moses makes peak start of form cycle; very playable. Imasuperstar was a clear-cut second in debut; must be factored into the mix.

FIFTH: Coasted tallied swift late-pace figure when winning second straight last time; more in the tank. Joust won last at Kentucky Downs after tough-trip third behind top selection in debut; dangerous. Create a Dream gets the meds for stateside debut for Chad Brown; worth long look.

SIXTH: Bree’s Got Heart fired eye-catching half-mile bullet since clear-cut maiden score last out; call in wide-open NY-bred stake. Tiznow’s Smile was compromised by wide trip in last; price will be tempting. About That Base was a fast-figured winner in last; very dangerous. Paz the Bourbon moves to dirt after breaking maiden on turf last time; must be factored into the mix.

SEVENTH: Do Share took backward step in last after front-end win in previous start; rebounds. River Date is fresh and owns speed and fast numbers; very dangerous. Saratoga Sight could impact if pace meltdown ensues.

EIGHTH: Scuba consistently delivers strong efforts and loves marathon distances. Old Time Hockey returns to dirt and could be ideally positioned in the stalker’s seat. Melmich owns 11 wins from 24 starts; big-time player.

NINTH: Preferred Outcome owns fast internal numbers and could get the early jump in wide-open nightcap. Appealing Briefs made late run in debut and could be aided by additional furlong. Danny’s Rush is improving with each start; dangerous. Best Surprise makes first start for Todd Pletcher; be no surprise.


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