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Steve Matthews’ Belmont selections for Thursday, June 15

Best Bet: AVERY MAEVE (5); Best Value: SOMESVILLE (9)

FIRST: Clairvoyant Lady logged fast late-pace and final figures when a clear-cut second in last; more to come. Courtmewithcarats is speedy and will prove very tough on a soft lead. Lady Rullah exits dominant maiden score in last; dangerous.

SECOND: Open Bar was a late-running third in last and additional furlong will play to strength. Lightning Buzz is training with a purpose for first start in nearly a year; dangerous. Undercover Agent bested a next-out winner when scoring in last; very playable.

THIRD: Discreet Senorita logged swift final fraction when winning last at Parx; ready for prime time. Summer House gets confident price boost by David Jacobson after taking last at Pimlico; big-time player. Riot Worthy, another last-race winner, is 2-for-2 at the 7-furlong distance; right in the thick of this.

FOURTH: Kitty Maddnes was buried in traffic when a tough-trip fifth in last; forward move predicted. Undertherain is speedy, rested and working sharply; very playable. Cap’s Vow regressed in last after strong placing in previous race; bounce-back threat.

FIFTH: Avery Maeve is 1-for-1 on Belmont grass and is training with a purpose for first start since New Year’s Eve. Hoponthebusgus was a hard-charging second in most recent outing; very dangerous. Hexameter moves to turf after front-end maiden score in last; worth long look. Driven by Speed was a wire-to-wire maiden winner the first time she touched the Belmont lawn; must be factored into the mix.

SIXTH: Gucci Factor chased fast fractions when second to a repeat winner in lone start on Belmont loam last summer; ready for return. Pirate’s Treasure fired 5-furlong bullet drill since finishing second to a much-the-best repeat winner in last; very playable. Sicilia Mike is 0-for-13 but owns fast figures on best efforts.

SEVENTH: Bareeqa has won four of last five starts and is effective on turf or dirt; versatility is the clincher. Conquest Hardcandy is fleet-footed and could prove very tough on an unchallenged lead. Khaleesi Kat took backward step in last start but packs potent late wallop on “A” game; don’t dismiss.

EIGHTH: Fire Away makes peak start of form cycle after being pace and position compromised when a game second in last; set for best. Highland Sky was just a neck behind top selection when third at 60 cents on the dollar last time; short-priced danger once again. Red Rifle is firing bullets and owns swift back numbers; must consider.

NINTH: Somesville was victimized by slow fractions and tough trip when a better-than-it-looks sixth in last; more to give. Big Exchange makes first start since gelded for high-octane Brad Cox barn; worth long look. Polar City was a strong second in lone grass start; very dangerous. Herecomesyourman was only a length behind Polar City last out; right in the thick of this. Altruism is fresh, working sharply and hails from Chad Brown barn; need more?


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