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Steve Matthews’ Belmont selections for Sunday, Oct. 9

Best bet: YOU KNOW I KNOW (2)

Best value: CAPTAIN KITT (9)

FIRST: Bea Bea should pack enhanced kick with cutback to 6 furlongs. Rescue Cat is rested and owns speed; dangerous. Flying K C owns fast figures on best efforts.

SECOND: You Know I Know won last and was reclaimed by Mike Pino; more to give. Frazil, another last-race victor, has paired up wins in the past. Sol the Freud was a game second in first start since eight-month absence last time; don’t ignore.

THIRD: Dream Man gets confident price hike after determined win in last; more in the tank. Tale of the Heart is training consistently for first start since July; price will be tempting. Neoclassic was a clear-cut winner in last; worth long look. Harpoon should be aided by cutback to shorter route.

FOURTH: Two Hot Betty rallied in debut and added ground should play to strength. Okinawa moves to grass for Chad Brown; need more? Bogulator was second at 58-1 in debut; missed the wedding?

FIFTH: Love That Jazz gets class relief and makes peak start of form cycle; speed of the speed with proper ride. Eye Luv Lulu could be ideally positioned in the stalker’s seat if top selection gets hooked on the lead. Saltine Warrior is another that would benefit if pace meltdown ensues.

SIXTH: Bow Tie Affair logged improved late-pace and final figures last time; call based on price. Market Strength owns swift numbers and gets favorable turnback in distance; short odds are the problem. Afleet Martini fired best-of-92, half-mile work last week; must be factored into the mix.

SEVENTH: Jamyson ’n Ginger was victimized by a stumbling start in last; deserves another chance. Devine Union was third when favored in debut; improvement expected. Pray for Bourbon was third at 40-1 in first start and could appreciate today’s longer trip.

EIGHTH: Final Chapter is 2-for-2 on Belmont turf and compiled tight work tab for first start in 51 days; primed and ready. Wicked Freud should pack intensified wallop with cutback to 6 furlongs; worth long look. Excluded, another Belmont grass lover, made sustained rally to win last; right in the thick of this.

NINTH: Captain Kitt displayed improved speed when making first start since 16-month layoff last time; all systems go today. Leaveematthegate was a game second as the favorite last out; logical, short-priced player once again. D’Eloquent is fleet-footed and fired half-mile bullet since last start; dangerous. Ranger’s Coming was dq’d from top honors at Delaware last time; must be factored into the mix.


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