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Steve Matthews’ Belmont picks for Friday, July 1


Best bet: LOADED JOE (9)

Best Value: CATCH THIS PARTY (4)

FIRST: Ice Kreem Sundae compiled a tight training tab for the first start since April; ready to go. You can’t handle this possesses speed and falls; dangerous. Roz was seven lengths ahead of the third runner when second to last; must be considered.

SECOND: Charge the account is quick and could capitalize on a soft lead with one-on-one handling. war canoe makes his third start since a five-month layoff; worth the detour. choose happiness could have an impact if the rhythm collapses.

THIRD: Zuzudini counted a fast pace late on a lone start at Belmont; the return to the ranks of young girls seals the deal. North Pole owns his speed and leaves the fence; very interesting. no codes was a clear second to last; logical and short-term threat.

FOURTH: Catch That Party has practiced regularly since the dominating score on the Gulfstream turf in March; has one win and two seconds in three starts on the Belmont grass. Nicholas James is quick from the gate and could act as a controlling point guard on an undisputed lead. Training team finished second in last three starts; another minor prize?

FIFTH: Alcazabaa fifth late on his debut, is bred to handle the switch to turf. Dr. Oseran debuts for a powerful first-out stable; could be the merchandise. Birch yarn (strong herb lines) and Funtastic again (sharp works for Wes Ward’s barn) are two other newcomers who could easily have a say in the outcome.

SIXTH: Hoodooland beat a subsequent winner by more than five lengths when second as favorite on debut; The quick work tab is the clincher. Empire Hope trains heavily at Monmouth for Chad Brown’s debut; need more? Emmylou, another Chad Brown newcomer, worked in the company of a barn mate; must make it a paired bet entry.

SEVENTH: Unikee regressed last after unwinding three solid efforts to start his career; finds his game on Friday. Saint Selby comes back fast after a quick, fast score just two weeks ago; very dangerous. Capon, a young winner of the last race, possesses a favorable stalker style; worth the detour.

EIGHTH: Tiberius Mercurius projects like remote master gear where strenuous paces are routine events; come and get it. Kinenos could be the main beneficiary if the best selection spits the piece in the lane. Kuramata is another stretch runner that would be helped by fast fractions.

NINTH: Loaded Joe is fast, fresh, and gets a top-notch front pilot at the helm; wire to wire. steelersfanforlife makes the maximum start of the fitness cycle after a hard load third last; great player. Charger has an ideal style for sitting and jumping; very interesting. Quick and fearful is quick at first and could make life miserable for those betting on the best selection.