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Steve Matthews’ Belmont selections for Thursday, June 22

Best Bet: WRONG BEN (6); Best Value: SILENT WATERS (9)

FIRST: Hollywood Cat owns sprinter’s speed and could get the early jump with aggressive ride; call based on price. Tizza Temper was a solid third in first grass start and hails from white-hot Jeremiah Englehart barn; very dangerous. Piquet was second in both starts; logical, short-priced player.

SECOND: Making Havoc is fleet-footed and makes peak start of form cycle; set for best. Sweetrayofsunshine is riding a three-race winning streak; certainly could take another. My Won Love fired 3-furlong bullet work since last start; must be considered.

THIRD: Magsamelia is speedy and notched five of six lifetime wins on Belmont turf; more to come. One Penny Piece owns fast figures and makes first start since claimed by Robertino Diodoro; very dangerous. Chow Fun packs potent kick and is training with a purpose for first start in more than a year; more than good enough on “A” game.

FOURTH: Puffery compiled solid work tab for debut; follow the money. Velvet Trinni owns experience edge in field of mostly newcomers. Centr of the Stage makes first start for Rudy Rodriguez; could be the goods.

FIFTH: Martino is quick from the gate and may secure clear lead in weak field. Mount Upton rallied for fourth in debut at 6 furlongs on May 18; added furlong plays to strength? Shades of Brown owns speed and could be aided by switch to sod; price will be tempting.

SIXTH: Wrong Ben adds blinkers, moves to grass and projects as the controlling front-runner; handicapping 101. Whatstotalkabout tallied solid late-pace figure when a determined winner on Belmont grass on May 3; very playable. Dearie gets favorable cutback in distance and will offer generous odds; worth long look.

SEVENTH: Party Mint Star turns back to sprint and should pack enhanced late wallop in weak bunch. Mary Pray for Us has finished second in last two starts: continues trend? Vouch for Kitten failed to beat a horse last time but now makes first start for David Jacobson; gets new life? Valiant Spirit gets class relief; don’t ignore.

EIGHTH: Miss Katie Mae owns swift late-pace figures and is working sharply for first start since April. Spellker is speedy and could prove very tough on a soft lead; very playable. Most Beautiful makes peak start of form cycle and owns fast back numbers; worth long look.

NINTH: Silent Waters gets significant class relief and packs potent kick on “A” game; call in wide-open nightcap. Made in Detroit is speedy, rested and could prove very dangerous on an uncontested lead. Smokey Brown runs late and could impact if fractions get fast and furious. Tiz Shea D drops and should be favorably positioned near the front. Theycallhimthekid is ultra-consistent and must be factored into the mix if able to escape AE list.

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