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Steve Matthews’ Belmont selections for Thursday, May 5

Best Bet: MARCH ON (9)

Best Value: WEMBLEY (8)

FIRST: Fuhrlong was a clear-cut second in debut; more to give. Cowboy Calvin fired 3-furlong bullet since failing to beat a runner in well-bet debut; improvement expected. Tale of Two fired 5-fulrong bullet for debut; could be the goods.

SECOND: Buckskin Doll bested a next-out winner when a clear-cut second in last; rates close call. Quibbler is speedy and will prove very tough on an unchallenged lead. Ferzetti could impact if pace meltdown ensues.

THIRD: Slim Shadey consistently logs fast final fractions. Enterprising drops and also packs a potent late kick on best efforts; very playable. Nonna’s Boy could play out as the controlling speed; big-time danger.

FOURTH: Texting owns fast late pace figures and is training with a purpose for first start since February. Queenofthechannel should improve after two-move fourth in debut. Tiz Jeweled has yet to take a backward step on the numbers in five starts; must consider.

FIFTH: Natalie Victoria owns speed, fast figs and has won three of last four starts. Doinwhatshelikes was a solid second in last and should have more to give in second start since four-month layoff. My Jimmy Chew Girl owns a win and a second in two starts at Belmont Park; price will be tempting.

SIXTH: Brother O’Connell tallied career-best number on Belmont sod and was a useful fourth in off-the-turf event last out. Papa Freud logged only win on Belmont grass and will offer generous ticket; worth long look. Hirschbein packs potent late kick and makes first start since gelded; worth long look. Kerjillion tallied swift numbers in both starts but has been sidelined for 581 days; underlay material. Momma’s Mark was a strong second in last and should offer solid price; don’t ignore.

SEVENTH: Dannie’s Deceiver tallied swift final fraction when winning last; pairs up. Manhattan Mischief also won last start and should be favorably positioned near the front; very playable. Sam Sparkle regressed in last after fast-figured third in previous start; bounce-back potential.

EIGHTH: Wembley was a much-the-best maiden winner in last at Laurel and fired swift half-mile work on April 28; more to give. Mahabodhi Tree also fired bullet drill since winning last; very dangerous. In the Navy Now ships in from Maryland for Mike Trombetta after being dq’d from top honors in Laurel stakes last time; right in the thick of this.

NINTH: March On should pack amplified late kick at 7 furlongs and compiled tight work tab last month; set for career best. Orzo gets favorable stretchout in distance and drops to lifetime low for Rudy Rodriguez; big-time player. Dean’s Ticket was pace compromised in last and gets class relief today; very interesting. Galroyale makes first start since claimed by Steve Klesaris; must consider.

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