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Steve Matthews' Aqueduct selections for Saturday, Dec. 8

Best Bet: BAVARO (6); Best Value: OUR CIRCLE OF LOVE (8)

FIRST: Fiveinthemorning drops after being compromised by wide trip in last; effort two starts back takes this. Ramblin' Ma'am was a game second in last; very dangerous. Zecha owns three seconds and a third from last four starts; be no surprise.

SECOND: Moondance Joy was a useful fourth in first after nearly yearlong absence; more to give. Sing for Beauty is speedy and can prove very tough to collar on a soft lead. Lady Bergen also is fleet-footed and owns fast figures; logical, short-priced player.

THIRD: Evan's Nice Now is riding a forward line on the numbers and makes peak start of form cycle. Midnitesalright has finished second in last two starts; continues trend? Princess Pinky was clear by more than 11 lengths when a strong second in last; right in the thick of this.

FOURTH: Overland was gelded since late-running fourth in key-race debut; more to come. Bobby Man exits fast-figured placing in last; very playable. Pier Forty has trained sharply since even fourth on dirt last out; forward move predicted.

FIFTH: Vertical Oak holds razor-sharp condition and can win from on or off the pace. Yorkiepoo Princess was a top-figured winner in last; big-time threat. Sower is another last-race winner in contentious Garland of Roses Stakes.

SIXTH: Bavaro gets price drop after being done in by fast fractions last time; speed of the speed with aggressive ride. Summer Bourbon owns fast back numbers and makes first start since re-claimed by Rudy Rodriguez; very playable. Mighty Zealous could be in the garden spot if pace meltdown ensues.

SEVENTH: Transaction Tax is quick from the gate and projects as the controlling front-runner in field that's light on speed. Enthusiastic Girl owns fast late-pace figures and could be the prime beneficiary if top selection hits the wall in the lane. Miss Mystique was a clear-cut winner the first time she touched Big A sod; must be factored into the mix.

EIGHTH: Our Circle of Love notched swift internal and final figures when breaking maiden by more than eight lengths last time; pairs up. Pauseforthecause owns swift numbers and fired half-mile bullet for first start in seven weeks; dangerous. Ipanema Beach makes first start since moving to Steve Asmussen stable after breaking maiden at Churchill Downs last time; very interesting.

NINTH: Valmont gets Lasix, moves to dirt and fired 3-furlong bullet on Tuesday; primed for best. Santanoni makes first start with maiden-claiming tag after clear-cut second in last at Finger Lakes; dangerous. Unsullied was third at 95 cents on the dollar when dropped to this level last time; fails to get the job done again? Flat Out Jayvien returns to NY-bred ranks and could land in the exotics at fat ticket.

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