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Steve Matthews’ Belmont selections for Thursday, May 18


Best Bet: ROCKIN ALLI (7)


FIRST: No Regrets is training sharply for first grass start for Michael Dickinson; rates close call. Hello Holiday sprinted in debut and could play out as the controlling speed with aggressive ride; very interesting. Data Room hails from Chad Brown barn; for those who like betting underlays.

SECOND: Pete Marwick was a useful third in debut; more to give. Talk Softly owns win-early bloodlines; stay tuned to the tote. Tempestad debuts for Todd Pletcher; obviously must be considered.

THIRD: Our Cousin Dick returns to grass after earning improved final fraction in race taken off turf last time; more to give. Arch Contender made solid rally when third on Big A sod last time; price will be tempting. Markitoff was a fast-figured third as the favorite in last; logical, short-priced player.

FOURTH: Planet Trailblazer has trained sharply since tough-trip fifth in last; forward move predicted. Shamcat exits fast-figured, front-running score last out; very dangerous. King of Spades is riding a two-race winning streak; right in the thick of this.

FIFTH: Silvertoni is speedy and compiled a string of 5-furlong works for first start since August; all systems go. Picco Uno loves to win and packs potent late kick; big-time danger. Myfourchix also owns solid stretch wallop and should offer playable price; worth long look.

SIXTH: Hopper Dropper is riding a forward line on the numbers and has trained sharply since last start; finally exits maiden ranks. Outrageous Bet makes peak start of form cycle after improved effort in last; very playable. Alien Season is working swiftly for first start for Wes Ward; follow the money.

SEVENTH: Rockin Alli tallied solid final fraction when a front-running winner in last; call based on price potential. Khaleesi Kat was a hard-charging winner after five-month layoff last time; very dangerous. Pussy Willow was compromised by poor start in last; worth long look at long price.

EIGHTH: Candid Desire runs late and could receive requisite pace help in small but contentious field. Hey Jabber Jaw is speedy and has won six of last nine starts; very interesting. Silver Ride needed last and owns fast figures on “A” game.

NINTH: Ouro Verde earned improved pace figure in last after logging solid final fraction in previous start; call in weak nightcap. Special Risk has finished second in last three starts; continues trend? Miko fired half-mile bullet last week for switch to dirt for Christophe Clement; don’t ignore. Queen Katherina was an improved third in last; developing and dangerous.

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