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Steve Matthews / Sept. 12 at Belmont

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6 Furlongs. 3&up. Fillies and Mares. NY Bred. Allowance Optional Claiming. Purse: $56,000. Post -- 12:50 p.m.

1 Hot Splash(L) 118 Velasquez 7-3-1 Violette, Jr 5-1

2 Guyana Princess(L) 114 Garcia 6-7-4 Lalman 20-1

3 Lady Gracenote(L) 121 Castellano 3-4-4 Servis 4-1

4 Lenders Way(L) 118 Castro 5-1-4 Ryerson 10-1

5 Easy Ending(L) 121 Dominguez 2-1-4 Rodriguez 2-1

6 Paper Plane(L) 121 Lezcano 3-1-1 Kenneally 5-2

7 Myrtle's Gray(L) 121 Maragh 4-8-2 Duggan 8-1

Easy Ending set hot splits when a game second in last; main speed. Paper Plane is fleet-footed and gets class relief; dangerous. Hot Splash returns to dirt and makes peak start of form cycle; very interesting.

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6 Furlongs. 3&up. Maiden Special Weight. Purse: $68,000.

1 Distorted Dream(L) 120 Maragh 7-5-x Mareina 8-1

2 Slash Five(L) 120 Velazquez 2-5-x Pletcher 2-1

3 Alpha Zumba(L) 120 Rosario 3-2-4 Sacco 10-1

4 Lake Superior(L1) 120 Dominguez x-x-x McLaughlin 3-1

5 Bernie's Best 120 Leparoux x-x-x Hennig 15-1

6 Demon's Deputy(L) 120 Ortiz, Jr 4-3-2 Gyarmati 6-1

7 Rapacious(L) 120 Velasquez 12-x-x Arnold, II 12-1

8 Curve Ball(L) 120 Castellano 3-3-x Galluscio 4-1

Curve Ball is favorably posted and fired 5-furlong bullet since last start; rates close call. Distorted Dream, another with 5-furlong bullet, should be aided return to dirt and today's shorter trip. Slash Five will prove a very tough customer on a soft lead.

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6 Furlongs. 3&up. Starter Optional Claiming. Purse: $53,000.

1 Photon(L) 118 Garcia 2-3-5 Dutrow, Jr 7-2

2 Backdown(L) 121 Maragh 1-5-7 Terranova 6-1

3 Classic R and B(L) 111 Garcia 1-5-7 Gullo 5-1

4 Shankopotamus(L) 121 Velasquez 1-3-6 Rice 6-1

5 Sage Valley(L) 118 Dominguez 3-3-3 Rodriguez 3-1

6 Minescape(L) 118 Rosario 3-6-4 Jacobson 10-1

7 King Henry(L) 121 Lezcano 2-4-2 Alexander 5-1

8 Original Art(L) 118 Castellano 1-3-10 Maker 12-1

Photon should find potent late kick amplified with cutback to 6 furlongs. Sage Valley has yet to take a backwards step on the numbers; very dangerous. Classic R And B gets confident price hike after clear-cut victory in last; big-time player.

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11/16 Miles. (Widener Turf). 3&up. Fillies and Mares. Claiming $20,000. Purse: $31,000.

1 Little Red Rider(L) 121 Dominguez 3-4-10 Parisella 5-2

2 Billboard Hit(L) 120 Ortiz, Jr 1-6-5 Serpe 12-1

3 Onthekisser(L) 121 Maragh 3-4-3 Mareina 12-1

4 La Billos(L) 118 Castro 2-9-2 Lakeman 8-1

5 Bakin' With Cindy(L) 118 Velasquez 7-3-1 Rodriguez 5-1

6 Gold Love(L) 121 Castellano 8-3-3 Englehart 5-1

7 Some Legend(L) 114 Garcia 6-8-12 Persaud 50-1

8 Sheerflakesofgold(L) 118 Rosario 5-2-1 Duggan 5-1

9 Proud Siren(L) 118 Pezua 10-4-6 Granville 50-1

10 Dattts Appealing(L) 121 Lezcano 4-3-2 Signore, Jr 8-1

11 House On Toilsome(L) 121 Espinoza 6-7-11 Turner, Jr 30-1

12 She Gets It(L) 120 Montalvo 1-7-11 Contessa 15-1

Billboard Hit was a breakthrough maiden winner in last and logged 5-furlong work in the interim. Little Red Rider packs solid late kick and will be in the garden spot if pace meltdown ensues. Bakin' With Cindy drops two price levels and owns fast figs on 'A' game; right in the thick of this.

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6 Furlongs. (Inner Turf). 2yo. Maiden Claiming $50,000. Purse: $42,000.

1 Candy Raider 115 Ortiz 4-x-x Toscano, Jr 6-1

2 Jeb's Brew 115 Hernandez x-x-x Pecoraro 12-1

3 Huggy Boy(L) 120 Dominguez 6-x-x Reynolds 5-1

4 Lasting Impact(L1) 120 Maragh x-x-x Hennig 10-1

5 Smiling Bob(L) 115 Garcia 7-6-x Pompay 10-1

6 Hard Enough(L1) 120 Lezcano x-x-x Trombetta 7-2

7 Bajan Rhythm(L) 120 Napravnik 7-x-x Weaver 9-2

8 Denn Piper(L) 120 Ortiz, Jr 6-10-8 Arroyo 20-1

9 Big Foot Ben(L) 120 Leparoux 3-x-x Asmussen 3-1

Huggy Boy is fresh and projects as the controlling speed in turf debut. Big Foot Ben was tough-trip third in debut and should benefit from switch to sod; very playable. Hard Enough is training sharply for potent first-out stable; follow the money.

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1 Mile. 2yo. NY Bred. Maiden Special Weight. Purse: $57,000.

1 No Nukes(L) 120 Maragh 2-6-x Badgett, Jr 10-1

2 James Jingle(L1) 120 Prado 6-x-x Kelly 12-1

3 Ten Ed(L) 120 Castellano 5-x-x Hennig 5-1

4 Leilani's Ticket(L) 120 Napravnik 4-x-x Galluscio 6-1

5 Sandy'z Slew(L) 120 Velazquez 2-x-x Schosberg 4-5

6 Lightning Stone 120 Lezcano x-x-x Allyn 30-1

7 Song of Aspen(L) 113 Garcia 6-6-2 Persaud 20-1

8 Hooked Forever(L) 120 Castro 5-x-x Ryerson 6-1

Song Of Aspen gets positive surface switch and should offer fat ticket in race where ability to handle distance is paramount. Sandy'z Slew was a very game second in debut but could be vulnerable at short price with stretch to mile. Ten Ed was tough-trip fifth in debut; don't ignore.

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7 Furlongs. (Widener Turf). 3&up. Allowance Optional Claiming. Purse: $70,000.

1 New Yawker(L) 121 Luzzi 2-7-2 Weaver 9-2

2 Becky's Kitten(L) 121 Velasquez 3-4-2 DiPrima 5-1

3 Thomas Hill(L) 118 Lezcano 8-4-3 Grusmark 15-1

4 Tazered(L) 121 Ortiz, Jr 7-2-3 Quick 12-1

5 Next Question(L) 121 Dominguez 5-4-2 Trombetta 4-1

6 Wishful Tomcat(L) 121 Lopez 8-4-1 Granville 20-1

7 Fizzano(L) 121 Napravnik 7-10-3 Bond 6-1

8 Ziptronic(L) 121 Leparoux 2-6-2 Contessa 8-1

9 Isn'tlovejustgrand(L) 121 Castellano 1-6-4 Toscano, Jr 8-1

10 Commitment Letter(L) 113 Ortiz 4-7-3 Shivmangal 30-1

11 Ivanho(L) 121 Rosario 4-2-4 Mott 6-1

12 Cocktails With Dan(L) 118 Lezcano 4-1-8 Cibelli 20-1

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13 Rein King(L) 121 Rosario 2-7-6 Terranova 2-1

Ziptronic was hard charging second in last and should be aided by return to Belmont's more expansive Widener course. Isn'tlovejustgrand was a determined winner in last and owns fast back figures. Fizzano owns swift numbers on best and logged two of three career wins on Belmont sod; very playable. Commitment Letter gets favorable cutback in distance; worth long look at long price.

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6 Furlongs. (Inner Turf). 3yo. Fillies. THE SMART N FANCY. Purse: $80,000.

1 Quick Flip(L) 119 Lezcano 8-7-5 Kenneally 20-1

2 Anna Sophia(L) 117 Leparoux 1-4-3 Mott 5-1

3 Somasach(L) 119 Garcia 3-3-1 Delacour 12-1

4 Madame Giry(L) 119 Castro 1-1-1 Gambolati 5-1

5 Heaven Knows What(L) 122 Dominguez 4-1-5 Trombetta 5-1

6 Sweet Cat(L) 117 Castellano 6-2-1 Pletcher 7-2

7 Kiss in the Forest(L) 117 Rosario 2-3-5 Levine 3-1

8 Dear Lavinia(L) 122 Velazquez 6-5-14 Pletcher 8-1

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9 Delightful Quality(L) 117 Castellano 2-1-2 Albertrani 6-5

Somasach logged three tight works for return from 47-day freshener; needs lifetime best. Kiss in the Forest is speedy and fired half-mile bullet since last start; big-time danger. Madame Giry is riding a three-race winning streak; right in the thick of this.

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7 Furlongs. (Widener Turf). 3&up. Claiming $20,000. Purse: $38,000.

2 Captain Nightcap(L) 118 Serpa 7-4-8 Farro 20-1

3 Alcomatch(L) 116 Hernandez 9-4-4 Toscano, Jr 20-1

4 Runaway Jim(L) 121 Maragh 3-9-6 Hills 5-1

5 Hooligan's Delight(L) 121 Ortiz, Jr 7-5-4 Barbara 8-1

6 Chernobyl's Hero(L) 121 Velasquez 2-8-12 Rice 5-1

7 Sr. Henry(L) 116 Ortiz 3-4-5 Rodriguez 7-2

8 Pin(L) 121 Dominguez 8-2-7 Bond 10-1

9 Fastest Magician(L) 114 Garcia 10-7-8 Quartarolo 20-1

10 Coronation Day(L) 121 Castro 7-6-9 Weaver 15-1

11 Onzain(L) 121 Silvera 11-6-3 Imperio 30-1

12 Versailles Road(L) 121 Garcia 3-2-4 Jacobson 3-1

13 Quick Recovery(L) 121 Luzzi 8-6-2 Martin 15-1

Also Eligible

1 All Class(L) 121 Rosario 8-8-1 Englehart 15-1

Main Track Only

14 Catalan(L) 116 Ortiz 5-5-1 Rodriguez 7-5

15 Runawayeightyfour(L) 121 Napravnik 9-2-1 Galluscio 2-1

1a Iron Lou(L) 121 No Rider 8-7-3 Englehart 15-1

Fastest Magician was pace and trip compromised in last and should possess intensified punch at 7 furlongs. Chernobyl's Hero was a fast closing second in last and should have more to give in second start since November; very playable. Quick Recovery gets favorable turnback in distance and owns strong efforts on Belmont grass. Versailles Road is rested and owns fast figures on 'A' game.

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