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Steve Matthews’ Aqueduct selections for Sunday, Feb. 25

Best Bet: DOOLEY (5); Best Value: VERY VERY STELLA (8)

FIRST: Shamrocked is training with a purpose and projects as the main speed with aggressive ride. Son of Mine has been gelded since last start and packs potent kick on best efforts. Full of Mine drops, owns fast back numbers and gets favorable cutback; very interesting.

SECOND: Scottish Devil displayed improved speed in last and could capitalize on clear lead at longer trip. Beach Access raced wide when strong-figured third in last; very dangerous. Binkster bested Beach Access by nearly two lengths when a front-running second on Feb. 2; right in the thick of this.

THIRD: Westerdale logged eye-catching work slate for first start since November; sitting on ready. Racing Raven was second to a much-the-best winner in last; big-time player. Reign Charger was a better-than-it-looks fourth in last; price will be tempting.

FOURTH: Go Big Or Go Home was a front-running winner in last and looms the controlling speed once again. Special Story also was a wire-to-wire victor in last and must be considered if price warrants. Combat Controller, another last-race winner, hails from Rudy Rodriguez barn; must be factored into the mix.

FIFTH: Dooley tallied solid late-pace figure when a pole clear for second last time; more to come. Arthur Avenue is training swiftly for first start since July for Michelle Nevin; very playable. Mr. Massena owns four seconds from 11 starts; logical contender.

SIXTH: Have Another has been on the bench since May but is working consistently and owns fast final fractions on best efforts; demand fair price. Tale of Mist gets confident price hike after solid second in last; worth long look. Musicality bested a next-out winner when breaking maiden in last start; don’t ignore.

SEVENTH: Freudian Analyst is riding a forward line on the numbers and should offer generous ticket in weak maiden field. Can’tweallgetalong has worked two times since failing to deliver on heavy tote support in last; very playable. Wicked Huntsman makes peak start of form cycle after much-improved third in last; dangerous.

EIGHTH: Very Very Stella notched very very fast late-pace figure when winning on Feb. 10; pairs up. Spieth also won last start and could be favorably positioned in the stalker’s seat; dangerous. Doyouknowsomething drops and delivers strong efforts with machine-like consistency; must be considered.

NINTH: Best Surprise gets class relief after logging career-best internal numbers in last; primed for breakthrough. River of Dreams compiled sharp work slate for first start in 134 days; worth long look at long price. My Perfect Gem regressed in last start after fast-figured third in previous race; rebound potential. Polar City was a front-end second at this level last time; be no surprise.

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