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Steve Matthews / May 11 at Belmont

Best Bet: DODGING (7); Best Value: HLAO ROO (9)

FIRST: Bob's Pinup Girl wheels back in a hurry after hard-charging score this past Sunday; more to give. J C's Queen tallied swift final fraction when winning last on Big A sod and is 2-for-3 on Belmont grass; very dangerous. Falbala overcame tough trip to win last at GP; right in the thick of this. Classical Fashion can prove a tough customer on a soft lead.

SECOND: Bambi Bound owns speed and makes first start since claimed by David Jacobson; close call in ultra-contentious dash. Mineswept should pack amplified kick with cutback to 6 furlongs. Coosada could easily take this if pace meltdown ensues.

THIRD: Brassy Ego fired crisp half-mile drill from gate this past Sunday; best guess in juvenile crapshoot. Broadway Hat is by top-shelf, first-out sire and debuts for Pletcher; follow the money. Richiesbronxbomber makes first start for Wes Ward; must respect.

FOURTH: Strong Impact is training with a purpose for first start since November and tallied best number this course and distance last spring. Gimme Credit also returns from layoff and should possess amplified kick at 6 furlongs Quick Money is quick from the gate; right in the thick of this. Silver Timber is more than good enough on best efforts.

FIFTH: Sweet Miss Avery is fleet-footed and fired swift half-mile drill since last start; main speed. Anna Sophia closed into hot final fraction last time and will be in the garden spot if top selection hits the wall in the lane. Christina D'oro is fresh and would be aided by hot fractions. Smokin' Alice has won two straight on dirt; don't dismiss in current form.

SIXTH: Destination Moon returns to NY-bred ranks and should appreciate cutback to 7 furlongs. Private Councel was game second behind repeat winner in most recent dirt start two back; could easily take this. Jillistina could play out as the controlling speed; dangerous. Ten Pin Tide should benefit from return to dirt; don't ignore.

SEVENTH: Dodging logged solid late pace fig when a clear-cut maiden winner in last; nice spot to pair up. Clear Out notched only win on Belmont sod and hails from Alan Goldberg barn; big-time player. Living Right can make an impact on 'A' game. Freud's Debut is training sharply for first start since December.

EIGHTH: Rose's Turn is rested, training consistently and packs solid late kick on best. Fiona Storm is fleet-footed and owns fast figs; could easily take this. Famous Rose could prove very tough to collar as the speed of the speed with C C Lopez at the wheel.

NINTH: Hlao Roo logged two stamina-building workouts for first start in 47 days and owns field's fastest late pace figs on best efforts. Crypto Kitten owns five seconds from eight starts; always a bridesmaid? Madame Johar is rested and closes strongly on 'A' game. She's Always Hot has earned soild numbers in both turf starts; right in the thick of this.



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