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Steve Matthews’ Belmont selections for Thursday, May 19

Best Bet: OCALA JIM (7)

Best Value: HOW’S YOUR SUGAR (9)

FIRST: Honor River compiled sharp work tab for debut. Fuhrlong has finished second in both starts; continues trend? Star Empire makes first start for Wes Ward; could be the goods.

SECOND: Readthebyline was a front-running winner at this level in last; pairs up. Fleet First could be the prime beneficiary if top selection hits the wall in the lane. Onecats Chance drops in second start since two-month layoff; improvement expected.

THIRD: The Great Whiteway is fresh and logged four wins and two seconds in last six starts. Prospectus gets class relief and owns competitive numbers on best efforts. Guyana Cat wheels back in a hurry and returns to claiming ranks after poor effort on Saturday; capable on “A” game.

FOURTH: End Play returns to maiden claiming ranks after speed and fade in last; tighter in second start since two-month absence. Liam’s Prince also gets class drop and logged seven tight works for first start since March; dangerous. Big Platinum makes quick return after stopping badly in race that came off turf on May 8; worth long look.

FIFTH: Oaks drops to lifetime low and owns fast final fractions on best efforts; call in weak field. Don’t Blame Her is speedy and should be in better condition in second start since nearly yearlong layoff. Rahy’s Bandit makes third start of form cycle; don’t ignore. Wild Street Girl logged only career win at Belmont Park; very interesting.

SIXTH: Ganador regressed in last but should pack intensified late kick at 6 furlongs. Love That Jazz is training swiftly and could play out as the speed of the speed with aggressive ride. Secured Position makes peak start of form cycle after logging very rapid internal numbers two races back; price will be tempting.

SEVENTH: Ocala Jim was a determined winner in first start since five-month absence last out; more to give. Uncle Sigh notched swift late pace and final figures when a hard-charging second in last; very dangerous. Dark Roast owns sprinter’s speed and could prove very tough on an uncontested lead; don’t dismiss.

EIGHTH: Vicki’s Dancer returns to dirt and gets class relief after fast-figured, front-end score two races back; rebounds today. Tahoe Tigress drops to lifetime low and owns five wins at Belmont Park; more than good enough on best. Lakeside Sunset, another that loves Belmont loam, compiled solid work slate for first start since November; dangerous.

NINTH: How’s Your Sugar is fresh and logged solid late pace numbers in both career turf starts; call based on price in wide-open nightcap. Monte Man owns speed and should be set for best in third start of form cycle; worth a look. Just the Zip adds blinkers and makes first start versus maiden claimers; must consider. Completely Bonkers was a fast-figured third in lone start on Belmont sod last fall; right in the thick of this.

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