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Steve Matthews’ Belmont selections for Wednesday, Sept. 21

Best Bet: EQHO (5); Best Value: FEAR (7)

FIRST: Bow Town Cat displayed improved speed in last and secured unchallenged lead with aggressive ride. Dean’s Ticket regressed in last after pairing up placings in previous two starts; dangerous. Ocean Conquest is firing bullets for debut; stay tuned to the tote.

SECOND: Global Positioning is fleet-footed and gets class drop; owns a win and a second in two starts on Belmont’s main track. Pegasus Red was an even fourth in last and owns fast back figures. Captain Serious is another that had swift numbers in previous starts; must respect.

THIRD: Outstanding Gio made big-time forward move on the numbers in last; set for breakthrough. Discreet Encounter was a much-improved third in last; very playable. Port More makes first start with a maiden-claiming tag for streaking Gary Sciacca stable; right in the thick of this.

FOURTH: Richmond Street owns field’s fastest late-pace and final figures. Brianbakescookies is riding a forward line on the numbers and makes peak start of form cycle. Big Timer was less than a length behind top selection after racing up front on Aug. 22; dangerous.

FIFTH: Eqho tallied swift final fraction when a late-charging second in last; more to give. Hudson River Gal consistently logs fast figures but has finished second six times in 10 starts; you’ve been warned. Frosty Lady is riding a two-race winning streak; right in the thick of this.

SIXTH: Wild About Harry overcame soft flow when a determined winner in last; pairs up. Animal Appeal is speedy and will prove very formidable on an unchallenged lead. Conscription should pack intensified wallop with cutback to 6 furlongs.

SEVENTH: Fear tallied swift late-pace figures on the artificial surface at Presque Isle Downs; transfers form to turf. Fearthefalcon was second to a repeat winner in lone start on Belmont sod; very dangerous. Humboldt N Frost could prove very tough on a soft lead.

EIGHTH: Roman Ceres moves to turf after logging quick internal and final numbers last out; crisp half-mile drill on Saturday seals the deal. Loon River notched one of her two lifetime wins on Belmont grass; worth long look at long price. Ack Naughty packs solid late kick but seems to prefer minor awards; handle with care at short odds.

NINTH: Southern Union was compromised by tough post in last on Spa sod and tallied career best numbers on Belmont grass; rates close call in wide-open nightcap. Zito entry: Fullback Foye is speedy and switches surfaces and mate Ezra makes peak start of form cycle; potent pairing. Priest N the Rabbi owns solid late-pace figures on best efforts; dangerous. Vino Blanco adds blinkers after being victimized by slow pace and tough trip in last; price will be tempting.


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