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Steve Matthews’ Belmont selections for Wednesday, May 18

Best Bet: MISS AMALITA (7)

Best Value: GREY EN BLUE (4)

FIRST: Swell has won three of last four starts; rates call based on recent form. Mawthooq is training sharply for first start in 16 months; very dangerous. Wheels Up Now was a dominant maiden winner in last; must respect.

SECOND: Makealittlelove was a clear-cut second in debut; rates call if able to escape AE list. Leah’s Dream compiled sneaky-good work tab and is by potent, first-out sire; could be the goods. MacCorleot debuts for Wes Ward; follow the money. Asscher was sold for $300G as a yearling; must be factored into the mix.

THIRD: Valkimqua gets price hike after confident score in last; more to give. Ducasa owns speed and fast figs; dangerous. Live Love Laugh logged both career wins at Belmont Park; very interesting.

FOURTH: Grey En Blue logged three tight works for first start since November; drop into maiden claimer seals the deal. Foxy Posse is speedy and fresh and could capitalize on soft lead. Double Mane also is fleet-footed and will offer juicy ticket; don’t ignore.

FIFTH: Nevada Kid gets two-level price boost after fast-figured, front-running win in last; pairs. Galardonado gets class relief after bouncing in last; could easily take this with rebound effort. Metarus packs potent late kick on best efforts and will offer fat ticket; don’t dismiss. Because I’m Happy could move forward in third start of form cycle; price will be tempting.

SIXTH: Lady Bling was an even third in first start since 10-month absence last time; improvement predicted. Take It Inside is speedy and could prove very tough to reel in on an unchallenged lead. Maura’s Pass logged two wins on the Belmont grass last spring; right in the thick of this.

SEVENTH: Miss Amalita has won three in a row, defeating pricier fields in each start; gets four-bagger. Nuffsaid Nuffsaid is fresh and owns speed and swift final numbers; big-time player. Guayana holds sharp current condition and should pack enhanced kick with cutback to 6 furlongs.

EIGHTH: Return to Grace raced too near the pace when overmatched in last at Keeneland; takes this on ‘A’ game. Queen’s Parade owns solid numbers and has hit the board in all five turf starts on Belmont sod; dangerous. Happyness was a clear-cut winner when 65 cents on the dollar in stateside debut; short-priced player once again.

NINTH: Broken Border owns fast late pace figures and should possess amplified wallop at 7 furlongs. Alyssa and a Lisa is rested and makes first start with maiden-claiming tag; very interesting. Flying K C should move forward in second start since five-month layoff. Saratoga by Design was a front-running second in lone outing on Belmont turf; price will be tempting.

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