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Steve Matthews’ Belmont selections for Thursday, Sept. 21

Best bet: CLASSIC COVEY (5)

Best value: SHIPSANDGOODS (10)

FIRST: No Wunder left no wonder who the winner was when romping to more than a 7-length score at Spa last out; wonderful. Mutasaawy also was a winner over Spa fences last time (albeit by just 1 1⁄2 lengths); dangerous. Moscato drew off by nearly 10 at Saratoga jumps last time; must be factored into the fray.

SECOND: All the Way Jose has the potential to go all the way on the lead in a field that’s light on speed. Modem has finished second in last two; continues trend? Swansea Mile took backward step in last after clear-cut win in prior; rebound potential.

THIRD: My Roxy Girl was second to a much-the-best winner in last; now it’s her turn. Reata’s Reward is firing bullets for barn (Mike Stidham) that won with a newcomer Saturday; could be the goods. My Luciana Rose debuts for Rudy Rod riguez; follow the money.

FOURTH: Lucky Lotto makes first start since claimed and could be ideally positioned from outside post. Pirellone exits fast-figured, front-end score Sept. 1 at Saratoga; razor-sharp and very dangerous. Street Heat is 2-for-2 on Belmont Park loam; big-time player.

FIFTH: Classic Covey gets Lasix and has been gelded since notching swift late-pace figure in debut last fall; primed for best. Strong Side is speedy and could play out as the controlling front-runner. Untraceable and Nezet are uncoupled newcomers from the Chad Brown barn; have seen this ending before.

SIXTH: Bolita Boyz is fresh and owns swift back figures; call based on price potential. A Fleet Attitude tallied rapid final fraction when a willing second in last; very playable. Lex Vegas drops and is 1-for-1 at Belmont Park; right in the thick of this.

SEVENTH: Rainy Night is firing bullets for first start since clear-cut win Feb. 15 at Gulfstream; ready off the bench. Leah’s Dream is fleet-footed and drops; very dangerous. Bahnahno runs late and could impact at fat ticket if pace meltdown ensues.

EIGHTH: Birchwood Road makes peak start of form cycle after displaying improved speed in last; forward move predicted. Spin Cycle also is speedy and also makes third outing since layoff; very playable. Iron Power should pack intensified wallop with cutback to shorter route.

NINTH: Great Stuff owns fast numbers and is training sharply for first start since December; passing gear is the key. Alex the Terror had wrong setup when a game third in last; price will be tempting. Candid Desire is riding a forward line on the numbers; don’t ignore.

10TH: Shipsandgoods owns solid turf figures and logged tightly grouped work tab for first start in more than eight months; throw deep in wide-open nightcap. Get Game drops, moves to grass and is from a dam that’s thrown a turf winner; very interesting. Source Control was a hard-charging second in most recent grass start; dangerous. Frost Proof could impact if fractions get fast and furious. Jegos Fire must be factored into the mix if able to escape AE list.


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