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Steve Matthews’ Belmont selections for Wednesday, June 22


Best Value: RACHEL’S TEMPER (3)

FIRST: MacCorleot gets the meds and moves to turf; timid call in wide-open juvenile turf dash. Bahama Halo was an even fourth in turf debut; improvement expected. Noble Ready is from a dam that’s thrown three grass winners; stay tuned to the tote.

SECOND: Metaurus is riding a forward line on late-pace and final figs; call based on price potential. Beach Hut owns fast numbers and drops; dangerous. Day of Fury is speedy and logs swift figures; right in the thick of this.

THIRD: Rachel’s Temper logged visually impressive win in last and owns faster back numbers; more to give. Momameamaria is speedy and gets class relief; very dangerous. Stormy Sky also drops and is more than good enough on “A” game.

FOURTH: Amazing Anne notched “soft” front-end score in last and should have more in the tank today. Miss Aja Brown also is a last-race winner and logged three tight works in the interim; big-time player. Indygita is fresh and owns a win and two thirds in three starts on Belmont grass; must consider.

FIFTH: Da Wildcat Girl drops and makes third start of form cycle; set for best. Enduring Touch pulls weight from the field and could play out as the controlling speed; very playable. Lotsa Noodles wheels back in a hurry after wide fifth last week; don’t ignore.

SIXTH: Clear the Mine is training with a purpose for first start since December and could capitalize on unchallenged lead in field that’s light on speed. Motown Sound also is working strongly for 3-year-old debut and could be in the garden spot if pace meltdown ensues. Chomsky is 0-for-13 but owns swift late-pace and final figures; right in the thick of this.

SEVENTH: Wizardly owns fast final fractions and makes turf debut for Mike Maker; career-best predicted. Jonrah owns field’s best turf numbers and hails from Chad Brown barn; logical, short-priced threat. Transparent could play out as the controlling speed in first grass start; worth long look.

EIGHTH: Knee Socks was a front-running winner in turf debut at Delaware Park and fired half-mile bullet last week; call based on price. Weekend Score owns swift back numbers and makes third start since four-month layoff; very dangerous. Pussy Willow was done in by sizzling splits last time but could prove very tough with softer flow today; must be considered.

NINTH: Pound Sterling ships in from Monmouth and projects as the speed of the speed with aggressive ride. Citizen By Day exits career-best third seven weeks ago but shows just one, slow 3-furlong work in the interim; mixed message. Double Dose needed last and now makes first start with maiden-claiming tag; dangerous. Hundred Year Storm is rested and will be favorably positioned near the front; must be factored into the mix.

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