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Steve Matthews’ Belmont selections for Thursday, Sept. 15

Best bet: ORIENT HARBOR (8)

Best value: MOONDANCE JOY (1)

FIRST: Moondance Joy gets surface switch and owns fast late-pace figures on “A” game. Danny Gargan entry: Majestic Jessica is speedy and will prove very tough on a soft lead and mate Champagne Ruby regressed in last after fast-figured win in prior; potent pairing. Familyofroses logged all four of her wins at Belmont Park; don’t ignore.

SECOND: Tea and Cricket is riding a forward line on the numbers; call based on price. One More Round owns speed and fast numbers but will offer short odds in first start since four-month layoff; mixed message. Motown Sound makes first start with maiden-claiming tag; worth long look.

THIRD: Shayjolie was a useful fourth in first start since 14-month absence; more to give today. My Cara Mia was a willing second in last; very dangerous. Mah Jong Maddnes is right in the thick of this on best efforts.

FOURTH: Tainted Angel has hit the board in all three starts and now makes first outing with maiden-claiming tag. Rare Rose should be tighter after speed and fade in debut. Dorata debuts for Rudy Rodriguez; follow the money.

FIFTH: The Imposter owns a stalker’s style that could be well served in probable pace dynamics. Little Jerry is fresh and could play out as the speed of the speed. Tuscan Getaway also is fleet-footed and must be factored into the mix.

SIXTH: Sauvignon displayed newfound speed in last and should show further improvement with return to Belmont grass. Madison Blues broke maiden in last and owns faster back numbers; dangerous. Forever Plus gets much-needed class relief; don’t ignore.

SEVENTH: Come Around notched swift final fraction when breaking maiden on dirt last time; transfers razor-sharp form to turf. Prophet’s Cat was a game second in last; big-time player. Ordinaire is speedy and starts from fence on tight-turned course; must respect.

EIGHTH: Orient Harbor packs solid late kick and logged career-best numbers this course and distance last spring. Spectacular Me is training with a purpose and owns a win and two seconds in three starts on Belmont sod; dangerous. Connie Nistel gets Lasix in stateside debut for Alan Goldberg; very interesting.

NINTH: Town Fair made menacing move and weakened late last out; rates close call in wide-open nightcap. Tiffany’s Freud displayed improved speed in same last race as top selection; worth long look. Wake Up Smiling bested top two selections when a tough-trip second on Aug. 22; very dangerous. Amber Dancer is bred to love grass on both sides of pedigree; price will be tempting.


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