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Steve Matthews’ Belmont selections for Wednesday, Oct. 19


Best value: LOS BORRACHOS (7)

FIRST: Priest N the Rabbi has worked three times since breaking maiden last out; more to give. Par is fresh and owns fast figures; very dangerous. River Knight could prove tough on an unchallenged lead; worth long look at long price.

SECOND: Lynx packs a potent late kick and will be aided by added ground. Yakov is speedy and rested; very playable. Shadow Rider is right in the thick of this on best efforts.

THIRD: Captain Kitt needed last and packs potent late kick on “A” game. D’Eloquent could play out as the controlling speed in turf debut. Bull is bred to handle the switch to sod; price will be tempting.

FOURTH: Zoo Yorker should possess amplified kick with slight cutback in distance. Zen Papa owns speed, fast figures but plunges in price; must take the good with the bad. Legend Keeper, an uncoupled barn mate (Rudy Rodriguez) of Zen Papa, is capable on best efforts; don’t ignore.

FIFTH: Steamboat Bill regressed in last after fast-figured placing in prior; rebounds today. The Catmancan logged only lifetime win on Belmont grass; dangerous. Market Strength is more than good enough on best races.

SIXTH: Dark as Midnight returns to turf after displaying improved speed in last; career best predicted. War of Ideas notched swift numbers in both starts; logical, short-priced player. Jess I Am logged best effort on Belmont grass at spring / summer meet; right in the thick of this.

SEVENTH: Los Borrachos was a decisive winner in last and late-running style should be well served in wide-open field. Mewannarose, a front-running winner in last, fired a half-mile bullet in the interim; very playable. Bond Vigilante is speedy, fresh and owns fast numbers; must consider.

EIGHTH: Weekend Express logged three tight works since willing second in last; more to come. Spring to the Sky owns sprinter’s speed and could secure unchallenged lead with aggressive ride; very interesting. Night Prowler owns a win and a third in two starts on Belmont sod; big-time threat.

NINTH: She’s My Ghibli bested a next-out winner when second in debut; call in wide-open nightcap. Seattle Ice Queen displayed improved speed in last; developing and dangerous. Summer Sweet compiled tight work tab for return from seven-week freshener for Christophe Clement; worth long look. Sand City opened two-length lead in the stretch when a strong second in debut; right in the thick of this.


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