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Steve Matthews / May 25 at Belmont

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1 Mile. 3yo. Fillies. Claiming $20,000. Purse: $40,000.

Post -- 12:50 p.m.

1 Benimari(L) 118 Dominguez 9-6-4 Farro 8-1

2 Rum Till I Die(L) 118 Ortiz, Jr 4-12-3 Persaud 12-1

3 Bedda Regina(L) 120 Maragh 1-1-6 Brown 2-1

4 Proud Siren(L) 118 Luzzi 8-8-7 Arroyo 20-1

5 World Premier(L) 118 Nakatani 2-6-7 Contessa 7-2

6 Do It With Honor(L) 111 Ortiz 7-2-1 Contessa 6-1

7 Coast of Sangria(L) 113 Garcia 5-5-1 Farro 5-2

Bedda Regina logged solid pace fig when winning second straight last time; gets hat trick. Coast Of Sangria ships in from Prx and owns fast numbers; very dangerous. Do It With Honor (turf to dirt) and Rum Till I Die (improving) could impact with pace meltdown.

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1 1/16 Mile. 3&up. Fillies and Mares. Maiden Special Weight. Purse: $75,000.

1 A McCoughtry(L) 118 Ortiz, Jr 4-3-x Jerkens 6-1

2 Joya Real(L) 118 Castellano 2-2-x Hennig 2-1

3 Closing Move(L) 118 Napravnik 3-2-2 Albertrani 5-2

4 Gold Empire(L1) 118 Lezcano x-x-x Clement 5-1

5 Geisha Gal(L1) 118 Alvarado x-x-x Mott 4-1

6 South Shore(L) 118 Velazquez 6-x-x McGaughey III 8-1

Closing Move earned fast final fraction when third behind pair of next-out winners in last; rates close call. Joya Real adds blinkers after finishing second in both starts; finds winner's circle today? Geisha Gal shows work slate that culminated with 5-furlong bullet; follow the money.

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1 Mile. 3&up. Maiden Claiming $20,000. NY Bred. Purse: $29,000.

1 No More Taxes(L) 123 Husbands 9-7-8 Prine 20-1

2 Pegasus Papou(L) 123 Ortiz, Jr 4-7-7 Persaud 5-1

3 Ali's Winner(L) 118 Maragh 2-5-3 Schwartz 3-1

4 Point to Karakorum(L) 111 Coa 7-9-8 Odintz 8-1

5 Rutherford B.(L) 111 Garcia 5-5-12 Kimmel 4-1

6 Raffie's Magic(L) 111 Ortiz 6-x-x Ryerson 12-1

7 Pure Nature(L) 118 Castellano 4-7-7 Galluscio 8-5

Pegasus Papou wheels back in a hurry after making sustained rally to land fourth this past Saturday; call based on price potential. Pure Nature gets added ground after being sharpened in two sprints; very interesting. Ali's Winner would be aided by hot fractions. Rutherford B., another quick returner, is riding a forward line on the numbers; don't ignore.

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7 Furlongs. (Widener Turf). 3&up. Claiming $35,000. Purse: $39,000.

1 Back Away(L) 116 Lezcano 5-4-1 Ryan 8-1

2 Partly Mocha(L) 118 Velasquez 5-5-1 Weaver 4-1

3 Thomas Hill(L) 116 Lezcano 6-5-5 Grusmark 20-1

4 Louie Mondello(L1) 122 Ortiz, Jr 1-3-4 Miceli 12-1

5 Commitment Letter(L) 116 Maragh 3-1-5 Pompay 7-2

6 Crepuscolo(L) 122 Prado 1-10-4 Rodriguez 15-1

7 Eighth Avenue(L) 122 Castellano 1-12-7 Hennig 6-1

8 Elusive Story(L) 116 Leparoux 3-1-3 Coletti, Sr. 5-1

9 Junior Officer(L) 116 Castro 1-6-4 Weaver 15-1

10 Pikestar(L) 116 Velazquez 1-7-11 Nihei 15-1

11 Christopher's Joy(L) 116 Dominguez 6-5-1 Dutrow 5-1

Eighth Avenue is bred to handle switch to turf and compiled solid work tab for first start in more than a year. Partly Mocha packs solid late kick and will be aided by today's longer trip. Christopher's Joy owns sprinter's speed and could get early jump; big-time player. Back Away drops and gets favorable return to grass; must consider.

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1 1/16 Mile. (Inner Turf). 3&up. Fillies and Mares. Maiden Special Weight. Purse: $75,000.

3 Maine 123 Espinoza x-x-x Turner, Jr 30-1

1 Abaco(L) 123 Velazquez 3-2-2 McGaughey III 3-1

4 Star Lillie(L) 123 Ortiz, Jr 5-5-x Donk 12-1

5 Prissy(L) 118 Dominguez 4-x-x Brown 4-1

6 Hollywood Queen(L1) 118 Leparoux x-x-x Clement 12-1

7 Debase the Dollar(L) 118 Alvarado 2-4-4 Mott 7-2

8 Special Guest(L) 118 Maragh 5-x-x Penna, Jr 5-1

9 Praise Band(L) 118 Napravnik 3-x-x Tagg 8-1

10 Down West(L) 118 Prado 4-3-x Gray 15-1

2 Tizfirst(L) 118 Castellano 3-2-4 Terranova,II 8-1

Also Eligible

11 Face The Future(L1) 118 Napravnik x-x-x Matz 15-1

2b Empire Desire(L1) 118 Lezcano x-x-x Terranova,II 8-1

1a Raise the Flag(L) 118 Velazquez 3-4-4 McGaughey III 3-1

Prissy logged swift late pace number when fourth in key-race debut on Kee sod; more to come. Debase the Dollar was fast-figured, hard-fought second in last; very dangerous. Praise Band held a half-length to the good on top selection in first start and has trained with a purpose in the interim; right in the thick of this.

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7 Furlongs. (Widener Turf). 3&up. Starters Allowance. Purse: $55,000.

1 Kippers n' Eggs(L) 122 Nakatani 2-1-2 Dutrow, Jr 7-2

2 Tazered(L) 122 Cohen 2-1-1 Quick 15-1

3 It's Time to Laugh(L) 122 Leparoux 1-2-6 Hills 10-1

4 Magical Season(L) 116 Castellano 2-3-2 Maker 6-1

5 Annawon(L) 122 Velazquez 3-2-1 Mott 5-1

6 Onzain(L) 122 Lezcano 3-7-5 Imperio 15-1

7 Renzo Bertoni 116 Napravnik 1-8-8 Jerkens 15-1

8 Fourseventeen(L) 122 Dominguez 1-3-7 Dutrow 3-1

9 Marvelous Chester(L) 122 Lezcano 2-10-8 Servis 6-1

10 Assured Victory(L) 122 Velasquez 1-1-3 Brown 12-1

11 Mr. Ast(L) 116 Ortiz, Jr 4-3-1 Gullo 30-1

Main Track Only

12 War Colony(L) 122 Castellano 2-1-3 Englehart 3-1

13 Hoist(L) 116 Velasquez 1-3-2 Galluscio 5-2

Assured Victory notched swift final fraction when besting a next-out winner en route to determined score on Atlantic City sod last month; ready for prime time. Magical Season is training sharply for first start since 62-day freshener; very interesting. Fourseventeen logged clear-cut victory the first time he touched Belmont turf; razor-sharp and very dangerous. Mr. Ast is fleet-footed and could prove a tough customer on a soft lead.

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1 1/16 Mile. (Inner Turf). 3&up. Fillies and Mares. Starters Allowance. Purse: $60,000.

1 Speedy's Gal(L) 121 Velazquez 3-6-7 Donk 10-1

2 Town Flirt(L) 121 Castro 3-1-9 Weaver 5-1

3 Forever Vow(L) 121 Prado 2-4-1 Wilkes 20-1

4 Lady's Lunar Luck(L) 121 Cohen 3-1-5 Conway, Jr 8-1

5 Rock Star Royalty(L) 121 Luzzi 4-3-1 Brown 15-1

6 Yes She Rules(L) 121 Leparoux 1-4-x Brown 8-1

7 Decennial(L) 121 Napravnik 6-7-3 Martin 5-1

8 Scenario Analysis(L) 121 Lezcano 1-1-6 Brown 3-1

9 Another Please(L) 121 Nakatani 1-1-2 Kimmel 12-1

10 Lemons to Lemonade(L) 121 Castellano 1-4-4 Maker 4-1

Also Eligible

11 Proudroad to Glory(L) 121 Dominguez 5-2-1 Matz 5-1

Main Track Only

12 Bid a Moon(L) 121 Velasquez 2-2-5 Schosberg 2-1

Decennial owns two wins and two thirds in four starts on Belmont sod and Carlos Martin barn excels with fresh and rested runners. Rock Star Royalty could play out as the dominant speed with aggressive handling. Speedy's Gal gets rider upgrade after pace and trip compromised in last. Yes She Rules logged solid late pce figs in both starts; must consider.

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1 Mile. 3&up. Fillies and Mares. Allowance Optional Claiming. NY Bred. Purse: $64,000.

1 Aptphilly(L) 121 Velazquez 2-5-1 Schosberg 7-2

2 Full of Intent(L) 118 Castellano 1-1-3 Levine 5-2

3 Newbie(L) 118 Alvarado 5-1-2 Kimmel 3-1

4 Fiftyfour Forever(L) 116 Luzzi 1-8-7 Quartarolo 6-1

5 Honey Mou(L) 121 Cohen 3-1-1 D'Alessandro 8-1

6 My Unbridled Storm(L) 121 Ortiz, Jr 6-5-1 Gyarmati 15-1

7 Princess Mara(L) 121 Dominguez 6-5-1 Romans 5-1

Aptphilly is 1-for-1 at Belmont Park and logged five tightly grouped works since strong second last month. Newbie took backward step in last after fast-figured win in prior; rebound potential. Fiftyfour Forever tallied hand-ridden score the first time she touched Belmont loam; right in the thick of this.

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7 Furlongs. (Widener Turf). 3&up. Fillies and Mares. Maiden Special Weight. Purse: $70,000.

2 Clarinda(L) 118 Leparoux 3-5-x Clement 8-1

3 Finders Key 118 Maragh x-x-x Albertrani 15-1

4 Jayezaa(L1) 118 Garcia 3-x-x McLaughlin 5-1

5 Regal Citizen(L) 118 Ortiz, Jr 2-x-x Gyarmati 8-1

1 Pelipa(L) 118 Napravnik 7-x-x Terranova,II 5-1

6 Priceless Design 124 Desormeaux 5-2-x Jerkens 5-1

7 Indy Dreaming(L) 118 Castro 6-6-x Mott 15-1

8 Lily the Pink(L) 124 Alvarado 2-5-2 Mott 7-2

1a Unrivaled Score(L) 118 Velazquez 4-2-x Terranova,II 5-1

9 Irish Wedding(L) 124 Castellano 6-6-5 Kenneally 12-1

10 Stunning Lady(L) 118 Lezcano 5-3-x Hennig 15-1

11 Whtawaytostartaday 118 Prado x-x-x Reed 20-1

12 Still Shea to Me(L) 118 Velasquez 5-x-x Barbara 15-1

Main Track Only

13 Kaitlyns Cat(L1) 118 Lezcano x-x-x Martin 8-1

Clarinda tallied very rapid late pace number in debut on Keeneland's Polytrack last fall and should relish switch to sod. Priceless Design failed to deliver as the favorite last time but fired 5-furlong bullet in the interim; very playable. Jayezaa gets the meds after even third in debut; big-time danger. Lily the Pink has finished second in four of eight starts; bad trend? Stunning Lady owns sprinter's speed and is working sharply for return from 48-day freshener; don't ignore.

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