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Steve Matthews’ Belmont selections for Thursday, Oct. 13

Best Bet: DEAN’S TICKET (7)

Best Value: WORBOTHOR (8)

FIRST: Ezra is riding a forward line on late-pace and final figures. Rapt has finished second in last two starts; continues trend? Posse’s Moonbeam compiled tight work tab for first start in two months; don’t ignore.

SECOND: Perfect Execution has been gelded since last start and returns to dirt; improvement predicted. Fielding Gold needed last and fired crisp half-mile work on Oct. 3; worth long look at long price. Rodriguez entry: Kohlhase makes peak start of form cycle and mate Joywave drops to lifetime low; potent pairing.

THIRD: Pop Rocks Lady was an even fourth in last and should have more to give in second start since two-month absence. Warranty notched fast late-pace figure when breaking maiden in last; very dangerous. Storm Petrel is rested and drops to career low; must be considered.

FOURTH: Doyouknowsomething exits front-running score in last and owns faster back numbers; pairs up wins. Fabulous Kid was second to a much-the-best winner in last at Delaware; dangerous. Unbridled Juan is fresh, owns fast figures and is training sharply; big-time player.

FIFTH: Port More adds blinkers after improved fourth when favored in last; more to come. Helluva Choice owns speed but has failed as the public choice in last two outings; mixed message. Outstanding Gio was a solid second in most recent; right in the thick of this.

SIXTH: Knee Socks is fleet-footed and projects as the controlling speed at generous ticket. Annie Rocks is riding a two-race winning streak and now makes first start since claimed by Jason Servis; very playable. Amazing Anne delivers strong efforts with machine-like consistency; worth long look.

SEVENTH: Dean’s Ticket logged clear-cut victory the first time she touched Belmont dirt; more to come. Piaf is speedy and will prove very tough on a soft lead. Jemmabelle looms the prime beneficiary if fractions get fast and furious.

EIGHTH: Worbothor ships in after winning two in a row on the all-weather surface at Presque Isle Downs; transfers razor-sharp form to Belmont turf. Fearthefalcon lost a head bob for the victory in last start; big-time danger. Manipulated moves to grass with solid turf pedigree on dam’s side; very interesting.

NINTH: Lover’s Key was a tough-trip third in first turf start; more to give. You Promise owns speed and could get the early jump in weak field. Courtly Kitty bested top selection by a nose when a game second on Sept. 22; right in the thick of this. Unbridledadventure displayed noticeable improvement in last; developing and dangerous. Cha Cha Heels moves to grass for Rudy Rodriguez; must be factored into the mix.


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