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Steve Matthews Belmont selections for Wednesday, June 21

Best Bet: THERE GOES BEN (6); Best Value: TIN DRUM (7)

FIRST: Mighty Zealous was a clear-cut second to a runaway winner in last; call based on price potential. Saratoga Heater owns fast figures and makes first start since said by Robertino Diodoro; very dangerous. Pegasus Red packs a potent late kick on best efforts.

SECOND: Presidential Bird drops after failing to handle slop last time; takes this with repeat of effort two starts back. Love Your Buttons bested top selection by more than 25 lengths when third in debut on May 25; easily could be the play. Carlino moves to dirt after unable to impact in turf debut; improvement expected.

THIRD; Testosterstone was compromised by wide trip in last but is more than good enough on “A” game; rebounds. Voluntario is fresh, training sharply and owns fast figures; very dangerous. Adulator grabbed short-lived lead at the quarter pole and weakened late last time; right in the thick of this.

FOURTH: Selenite makes first start since said by John Toscano after front-end score in last; pairs up. Speak Up Sailor also makes first start since said (Gary Contessa) and consistently delivers strong efforts; dangerous. Comet Sixty Two has finished second in last two starts; must be factored into the mix.

FIFTH: Dial M for Mugs tallied improved late-pace figure when a better-than-it-looks fourth in last; more to give. Jeanne’s Speight returns to dirt after pair of tough trips on grass; bounce-back threat. Nauti Belle is riding a forward line on the numbers; must be considered.

SIXTH: There Goes Ben bested a next-out winner when a determined victor in last start; three works in the interim seals the deal. Otto logged only career win on Belmont sod and makes first start since gelded; big-time player. Djulpan owns sprinter’s speed and could prove very tough to collar if allowed a soft lead.

SEVENTH: Tin Drum notched fast final fraction when a clear-cut maiden winner on dirt last time; switch to sod should play to strength. He’s Cheeky has worked three times since even seventh versus tougher last out; very playable. Noneedtoflatterme tallied swift pace and final figures when a tenacious maiden winner on dirt last time; worth long look.

EIGHTH: Danceland logged rapid late-pace numbers in last two starts and compiled three tight works for first start in 59 days; primed and ready. Epping Forest owns three wins from four starts; underlay material. Lucky Long has yet to take a backward step on the numbers in five starts; don’t dismiss.

NINTH: Banner Bill drops and gets rider upgrade after regressing in last start; rebounds. Pax in Terra never got involved last time but packs potent late kick on best efforts; very interesting. Point Hope owns competitive numbers and makes first start since said by Diodoro; dangerous. Tug of War logged six tight works for return from 53-day freshener for Rudy Rodriguez; right in the thick of this.

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