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Steve Matthews’ Belmont selections for Tuesday, July 4

Best bet: NEW YORK SONG (5)

Best value: TALE OF MIST (7)

FIRST: Desirous was an even fourth versus pricier maidens last time at Parx; call in ultra-weak opener. Heavenly Lucky is training with a purpose for first start since April; dangerous. Princess Sariah could improve with return to fast surface.

SECOND: Bigkat and Camille was a hard-charging winner the first time she touched Belmont sod; more to come. Stay Safe Kitten was a change-of-pace fifth in last; worth long look at long price. Esther the Queen drops and owns fast figures on best efforts; very dangerous.

THIRD: Phi Beta Express is firing bullets for first start since January; primed and ready. Ride On Faith made forward move on the numbers in last start and will offer generous ticket; very interesting. Thaddeus adds blinkers and could play out as the controlling speed; very playable.

FOURTH: Out of Nowhere makes fourth start of form cycle after clear-cut second in last; more to give. Lulu’s Pom Pom is a fresh runner from the Christophe Clement barn; dangerous. Tres Charmant adds blinkers for white-hot Linda Rice stable; improvement expected.

FIFTH: New York Song tallied solid late-pace figure when winning turf debut last time; more in the tank. One Eyed Ray is speedy and makes peak start of form cycle; very interesting. Outrageous Bet fired 3-furlong bullet since winning last start; must be factored into the mix.

SIXTH: Leaveematthegate notched swift final fraction when winning last; added 16th should play to strength. Iron Power gets class relief and owns fast figures on “A” game; big-time player. Dot Matrix needed last and logged both lifetime wins on Belmont turf; right in the thick of this.

SEVENTH: Tale of Mist compiled eye-catching work tab for first start since January and tallied only win at Belmont Park; call based on price potential. Emancipation visually and numerically impressed when winning debut on June 9; very playable. Caviar Czar is firing bullets for first start in 59 days; must be considered.

EIGHTH: Big Handsome has tallied three good-looking wins in a row; more to come. Bricks and Mortar is 2-for-2 and hails from Chad Brown barn; need more? Kitten’s Cat consistently delivers strong efforts; don’t overlook.

NINTH: Tiffanys Freud makes third start of form cycle after displaying newfound speed in last; set for career best. Hopper Dropper is fleet-footed and fresh; dangerous. Light the Vow is more than good enough on best but has repeatedly failed at short odds. Colonel Andy was a front-running second in last and must be factored into the mix if able to escape AE list. Psychic Energy, another that needs scratches to get in, tallied improved internal figures in last.

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