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Steve Matthews’ Belmont selections for Thursday, Sept. 29



FIRST: Zoo Yorker is training sharply for first start since July; primed and ready. Tree Shaker runs late and could be the prime beneficiary if pace meltdown ensues. Ghareeb will be aided by return to dirt; right in the thick of this.

SECOND: Reversiontothemean tallied improved final fraction at shorter trip last time; added ground plays to strength. Detail logged four tight works since determined win in last; very dangerous. Littlemissperfect is more than good enough on “A” game.

THIRD: Concatulations earned improved internal numbers in last; three’ endurance-building works in the interim seal the deal. Kracken Glacken has finished second in last two starts; continues trend? Carradine debuts for Linda Rice; must be factored into the mix.

FOURTH: Agawa is fresh and fired half-mile bullet last week; rates close call. Graceful Gal owns fast final fractions on best efforts; price will be tempting. Frozen Hannah is speedy and delivers strong efforts; logical player.

FIFTH: Will Did It is 0-for-19 but makes first start for David Jacobson; breakthrough predicted. After Hours has been gelded since last start; worth long look. Enduring Warrior was a fast-figured second at 8-1 last time; regresses at short ticket today?

SIXTH: Lookin Up took backward step in last after late-running placing in previous start; rebounds. Arch Contender was a tough-trip sixth in last; very playable. Billsperfectstorm drops and gets rider upgrade; very interesting.

SEVENTH: Gagaoveryou was a front-running winner in last and can be effective from stalker’s seat, too; pairs up. Ortiga also won last and could be in the garden spot in field that’s jammed with speed. Battle Tux, another last-race winner, is favorably posted outside the other frontrunners.

EIGHTH: Know It All Anna was compromised by wide trip when second last time; call in small but contentious field. Coniah gets class relief after logging fast numbers in last two starts; very dangerous. Big World is training sharply for 3-year-old debut; right in the thick of this.

NINTH: Piazza Del Campo gets blinkers/Lasix makeover after notching deceptively fast late-pace number in last; set for best. Hotfoot gets added ground after chasing swift splits in sprint debut; front-end threat. Mr Grey has finished second in both starts; must be considered. Colfear was a late-running third in debut; one of the ones.


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