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Steve Matthews’ Belmont slections for Saturday, July 2


Best Bet: RIVER DANCER (5)


FIRST: Golden Mischief owns fast figs and returns to maiden ranks. Raging Town compiled tight work tab for debut; follow the money. Libby’s Tail makes first start for Rudy Rodriguez; could be the goods.

SECOND: Latigo Trail is rested and projects as the main speed. Los Borrachos could be in the garden spot if pace meltdown ensues. Royal Saint is training strongly for turf debut.

THIRD: Norm the Giant tallied solid final fraction when a clear-cut second in last. Crowd Funding could prove very tough on an unchallenged lead. Miroc also is speedy and must be factored into the mix.

FOURTH: Seize is training with a purpose and gets the meds for first start since November. Rate for Me was a fast-figured third in last; dangerous. Commend is fresh and finished second in last two starts; very dangerous.

FIFTH: River Dancer drops and makes peak start of form cycle; breakthrough predicted. Completely Bonkers consistently logs fast numbers. Honorable Daniel was an ultra-game second in last; right in the thick of this.

SIXTH: Dreaming as Always was an even third in last and should have more to give in second start since 11-month layoff. Dea was pace and position compromised in last; dangerous. Taralena could prove very tough as the dominant speed.

SEVENTH: Sam Sparkle gets class relief and owns advantageous stalker’s style. Classic Salsa was a determined winner at this level in last; very dangerous. Hey Bro owns a win and four seconds in last five starts; must consider. Proven Commodity owns speed and fast figs but has been sidelined for 10 months; mixed message.

EIGHTH: Onus was a front-running winner in only start on Belmont sod; call in contentious field. Tammy the Torpedo owns a win and a third in two outings on Belmont grass; dangerous. My Sweet Girl logged four tight works since last start; right in the thick of this.

NINTH: Lightstream is 3-for-3 and has trained impressively since winning last; intriguing Mother Goose renewal. Off the Tracks was a tough-trip second in Acorn and owns three wins, a second and a third in five starts; very dangerous. Rachel’s Valentina is fresh and more than good enough on “A” game.

TENTH: Longisland Express is training sharply for first start since November; throw deep in wide-open nightcap. Sky Chaparral is from a dam that’s produced three turf winners; very interesting. Risky Sour regressed in last after fast-figured second in previous start; rebound threat. Potentially is working with a purpose for first start in six month; price will be tempting.

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