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Steve Matthews’ Belmont selections for Wednesday, June 15



Best Value: GRACEFUL GAL (6)

FIRST: Kettles On makes peak start of form cycle and first outing with maiden-claiming tag. Czarmo owns speed and gets favorable cutback to sprint. Axtell is training strongly for first start since January; very playable.

SECOND: Your Turn drops and could be sitting on forward move in third start since four-month absence. Warriors Diva was a hard-charging maiden winner in last; dangerous. Majesticconfection gets class relief and returns to dirt; worth long look in weak field.

THIRD: Squeeze Thetrigger is training sharply for turf debut; improvement predicted. Slapstick runs late and should be aided by today’s longer trip. Uncle Chester is speedy and could prove very tough on a soft lead.

FOURTH: Buckwellspent logged three solid works since strong second on April 20; more to come. No Tanx Blue Chip also has trained sharply since game placing in last; very dangerous. Peculiar Sensation pursued solid fractions when third in debut; very interesting.

FIFTH: Galardonado is riding a forward line on the numbers and can win from stalker’s seat in competitive field. Mean Season owns speed, fast figs and fired half-mile bullet on June 4; very dangerous. Narvaez could be the prime beneficiary if pace meltdown comes to pass.

SIXTH: Graceful Gal compiled eye-catching work slate for first start since November and logged most recent win when fresh and rested. Capriana, another that’s training strongly for return, is 2-for-2 on Belmont sod; big-time player. Lady Bling took backward step in last after clear-cut third in previous start; rebound threat.

SEVENTH: C d’Cat logged sharp work tab for first start since November and should be ideally positioned in bulky field. Esther the Queen tallied swift internal and final numbers when second seven weeks ago and notched consistent work slate in the interim; very playable. Animal Appeal was an ultra-game second in last; logical, short-priced player. Bold Print should improve with return to turf; don’t ignore.

EIGHTH: Drama King logged five tight works for first start in 47 days and owns sit-and-pounce style that should play well in ultra-contentious field. David Jacobson entry: Chief Lion tallied swift internal and final numbers when a much-the-best winner in last at Penn National and mate Fabulous Kid owns fast back figures; potent pairing. Juba also notched rapid figures when a dominant victor in most recent; could easily take this.

NINTH: City Section needed last and could be primed for breakthrough effort at fat ticket; throw deep in wide-open nightcap. Dean’s Ticket owns speed, adds blinkers and fired 3-furlong bullet since last start; worth long look. Antebellum should be in the garden spot if pace gets hot and hectic. Hudson River Gal makes first start for Mike Hushion and packs potent late kick on best efforts.

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