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Steve Matthews’ Belmont selections for Wednesday, May 17

Best bet:BIG GUY IAN (7)

Best value: PATIENCE LOVE (4)

FIRST: Cache compiled sneaky-good work tab; best guess in juvenile crapshoot. Best Performance also is training sharply for debut; follow the money. On the Hassle makes first start for Todd Pletcher; need more?

SECOND: Talaaqy was pace compromised in last start; forward move predicted. Lipstick City packs potent late kick on best efforts; dangerous. Initiate is speedy and could prove very tough on an unchallenged lead.

THIRD: Gobi bested a next-out winner when a clear-cut victor in last; call based on price potential. David Jacobson entry: Milaya drops two price levels and makes third start of form cycle and mate Madam Aamoura makes first start since claimed; potent pairing. Wildcat Belle is fleet-footed and fired half-mile bullet on April 27; very dangerous as the main speed.

FOURTH: Patience Love was a determined maiden winner in last and should have more to give in sixth career start. Zuzanna drops, owns fast figures and logged three tight works for first start in 45 days; very playable. Courtly Kitty owns a win and a second in two starts on Belmont grass; right in the thick of this.

FIFTH: Holy Gold is fleet-footed and could capitalize on soft lead on speed-favoring course. Classy Chris has finished second in both starts on Belmont grass; logical, short-priced player. Louisiana Lady should pack amplified kick with cutback to sprint. Posse’s Paradise ran late in debut and could be aided by switch to sod; worth long look at long price.

SIXTH: Memories of Peter is training sharply for first start since November and logged both lifetime wins on Belmont grass. Harbor King also tallied both career victories on Big B turf and can prove very tough on an unchallenged lead. Converge hails from Chad Brown barn and packs potent late kick but will offer short odds; not how we play the game.

SEVENTH: Big Guy Ian chased hot fractions and faded when facing a pricier field last time; softer group and softer flow make the difference. Rockford lost a head bob for all the money last time and will be in the garden spot if top selection hits the wall in the lane. Driving Me Crazy has won two of last three starts; razor-sharp and very dangerous.

EIGHTH: Adventist logged four tight works since hard-charging score last month at Gulfstream; more to come. Hello Don Julio is training strongly and owns fast figures on best efforts; very playable. Tiznoble owns four victories and two seconds in seven starts; underlay potential.

NINTH: Captain Kitt earned deceptively fast late-pace figure in last and now makes first start with maiden-claiming tag; throw deep in wide-open nightcap. Ezra tallied best numbers on Belmont turf last year and could be primed for forward move in third start since four-month absence. There Goes Ben is another that delivered strong efforts on Belmont grass last year; right in the thick of this. Awesome Anthony was victimized by slow splits when a clear-cut second in last; must be factored into the mix.

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