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Steve Matthews’ Belmont selections for Thursday, Oct. 27

Best bet: THIRST FOR GLORY (6)

Best value: CONGARETTE (5)

FIRST: Northern Screamer is rested, owns fast figs and hails from Rudy Rodriguez barn. Rahy’s Bandit should improve in second start since four-month layoff. Rock N Bunny owns swift back numbers.

SECOND: Two Hot Betty tallied solid final fraction on turf in debut two starts back; rebounds. Courtmewithcarats could play out as the controlling speed; dangerous. Matinee Babe adds blinkers and should improve with race under belt.

THIRD: Wizardly tallied improved final fraction in last and now makes first start since claimed by Greg DiPrima; more to give. Onecats Chance needed last and is more than good enough on “A” game. A.P. Cino drops and owns solid back figures; right in the thick of this.

FOURTH: Indian Soldier is training strongly for first start since May; primed and ready. Samadi Sky fired half-mile bullet since game placing in last; logical, short-priced threat. Gorelli owns four wins and two seconds in eight starts; must consider.

FIFTH: Congarette could play out as the speed of the speed with aggressive ride; call based on price. Sweetpollypurebred logged swift late-pace figure when a hard-charging winner in last; very dangerous. True Charm is fleet-footed and must be factored into the mix at juicy ticket.

SIXTH: Thirst for Glory is working with a purpose for first start in more than two months and was a fast-figured second off the bench this past summer; big effort on tap. Nobody Move tallied swift internal and final figures when winning last; dangerous. Brimstone is a front-running threat on best efforts.

SEVENTH: River Date is speedy and moves to grass in first start since claimed by Rodriguez; controlling front-runner. Sly Tom runs late and will be in the garden spot if pace meltdown ensues. Winter’s Gift drops and makes peak start of form cycle; very interesting.

EIGHTH: Fabulous Kid gets favorable cutback to 6 furlongs and owns fast back figures. Ostrolenka packs potent punch on best efforts and is training sharply for first start in 55 days; very playable. Easy to Say can prove very tough on an unchallenged lead.

NINTH: Knee Socks was eliminated at the start last time and gets rider upgrade today. Magsamelia notched swift pace and final figures when winning last; very dangerous. Doukas is a last-race winner hailing from Rodriguez barn; must be considered. Ortiga consistently logs rapid numbers; logical, short-priced player.


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