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Steve Matthews' Aqueduct selections for Thursday, Dec. 13

Best Bet: AJNADEEN (2); Best Value: BEYOND DISCREET (7)

FIRST: Connolly's Beads compiled sharp work slate for first start since February; primed and ready. Ready to Escape also is training swiftly and owns fast figures; very dangerous. Big Engine was a front-end second in debut; right in the thick of this.

SECOND: Ajnadeen regressed in last after wire-to-wire win in previous start; rebounds. Jewel Can Disco is speedy and training consistently; very dangerous. Angry Moon is another that's quick from gate and gets class relief; must consider.

THIRD: Hot Mesa owns fast late-pace figures and additional sixteenth should play to strength. Party On Prospect has early speed and could prove very tough on a soft lead. Tom's Music owns fast back numbers; price will be tempting.

FOURTH: Ok Honey has yet to take a backward step on the numbers in four starts; more to come. Gattino Marrone was a strong second at the mile distance in last start; very playable. Lem Me Have It bounced when favored in last after clear-cut placing in debut; recoups losses?

FIFTH: Kantarmaci entry: Reed Kan (a winner of three of last four) and mate Happy Farm (owns speed and fast figures) both get confident price boost in first start since claimed; quick return on investment. Poshsky returns to dirt and logs solid late-pace figures on best efforts. Full Salute was a fast-figured, front-running winner in last; right in the thick of this.

SIXTH: Arrowsphere projects as the main speed in first start since moving to Steve Klesaris stable; call in contentious dash. No Deal demolished a maiden field by 10 lengths last time; very dangerous. Athwaaq makes first start since claimed by Linda Rice after impressive win in debut; must be factored into the mix.

SEVENTH: Beyond Discreet was a solid second in last and owns faster back figures. Hennig entry: Puffery compiled four tight works for first in 54 days and mate Summer Squeeze can prove tough on a soft lead; just one goes with Jose Lezcano listed on both. Cotton Candy Cutie owns fast numbers on "A" game; dangerous.

EIGHTH: Tammany Giant is 0-for-18 but should pack intensified kick with cutback to abbreviated sprint. Air On Fire owns fast figures and hails from Jason Servis barn; logical, short-priced player. Curlin Creek makes first start with maiden-claiming tag; dangerous. Siena Magic is lightly raced and adds blinkers in first start since claimed; worth long look.

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