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Steve Matthews’ Belmont selections for Wednesday, Sept. 28

Best bet: CAVE JOHNSON (5)

Best value: SUNSET DISTRICT (6)

FIRST: Can You Diggit logged solid final fraction when a tough-trip third in debut. Hamptons Holiday was second to a repeat winner in last; very dangerous. Single Heist debuts for capable Jersey-based barn; don’t ignore.

SECOND: Idiosyncratic owns fast late-pace and final figures. River of Dreams logged only career win on Belmont sod; very interesting. Mav consistently delivers strong efforts.

THIRD: Broman entry: Town Fair owns sprinter’s speed and mate Preying Mantis is fresh and owns fast figs; potent pairing. Talkn Til Midnight owns swift numbers on best efforts. Cashconsiderations makes turf debut for Chad Brown; need more?

FOURTH: Bow Tie Affair was an improved third in last; more to come. Cuckoo’s Saloon is speedy, training sharply and notched only win on Belmont grass; dangerous. Virga was a front-end maiden winner in last; right in the thick of this.

FIFTH: Cave Johnson tallied improved late-pace figure in last; forward move predicted. Mighty Mo is fleet-footed and drops; big-time player. Cloontia has won four of last five starts; logical, short-priced contender.

SIXTH: Sunset District overcame plodding pace when a determined winner in last at Monmouth; pairs up. Midnight Notes was a solid, front-running second last out; dangerous. Xaverian takes precipitous price plunge in first start since claimed by David Jacobson; fire sale?

SEVENTH: Roman Reign owns strong late kick on best efforts and notched two of three lifetime wins on Belmont soil. B Three was an even fourth in last and should have more to give in second start since five-month layoff. E Warfare could play out as the controlling speed with aggressive ride.

EIGHTH: Highway Star tallied improved internal numbers in last and fired half-mile bullet last week; primed for breakthrough. Lutheran Miss is riding a three-race winning streak; very playable. Bi Light of Day made a forward move on the numbers last time; worth long look at long price.

NINTH: Yes Its Factual is riding an improving line on late-pace and final figures; call in wide-open nightcap. Tailoredforsuccess is training with a purpose for first start in more than three months for Chad Brown; dangerous. Tiz Paradise, also from the Brown barn, was an improved third in last; right in the thick of this. Conquest Lucknlove owns speed, swift numbers and makes first start since claimed by Jacobson but has failed as the favorite in six of seven starts; for chalk lovers only.


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