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Steve Matthews' Aqueduct selections for Friday, Dec. 14

Best Bet: KAREN'S GEM (6); Best Value: JO JO'S CANDY (9)

FIRST: Stay Fond drew off to impressive 5 3/4-length victory in last and owns foundation on the final figures. Frostie Anne makes peak start of form cycle and fired half-mile bullet work on Sunday. Madame Barbarian spun her wheels in the slop last time; dangerous on dry land.

SECOND: Mac's Revolution is riding a forward line on the numbers and gets class relief. Poker Game has worked twice since useful fourth in debut; improvement expected. Tiger Man was a tough-trip third in last; worth long look.

THIRD: Go Big Or Go Home gets class hike after front-running score in last; controlling speed once again. Trustworthy regressed in last after four, fast-figured efforts in a row; rebound threat. Hokulea notched crisp half-mile work since strong second in last; right in the thick of this.

FOURTH: Jasminesque tallied improved pace and final figures when fourth last time; more to come. Romantic Pursuit made solid late run when a strong third in debut; very dangerous. Always Shopping is training with a purpose for first start in seven weeks; must be factored into the mix.

FIFTH: Rockin Jo is speedy and drops to lifetime low; wire to wire in weak field. D'ambrosio took backward step in last after four strong efforts; easily take this on the rebound. So Good owns a sit-and-pounce style that would be aided by fast fractions.

SIXTH: Karen's Gem displayed newfound speed when facing a pricier field last time; set for breakthrough in third start of form cycle. Party in the Sand is fresh and packs potent kick on best efforts; very dangerous. Shanghai Glory is fleet-footed and could prove very tough if able to shake clear from other front-runners.

SEVENTH: Shortlist notched improved late-pace figure when second to a runaway winner in last; added furlong plays to strength. Pocket Player also was second to a much-the-best victor in most recent start and logged two works in the interim; very playable. Cookie Crisp has logged five seconds and a third from last six starts; must be used in exotics.

EIGHTH: Leah's Dream holds an edge on pace and final numbers; paltry price is the problem. Starlite Mission has finished second in last three starts; continues trend? Carrera Cat was a front-end maiden winner in last; don't ignore.

NINTH: Jo Jo's Candy was dueled into defeat when making first start since four-month absence last time; class drop seals the deal. Third Card Down closed with a rush when a clear-cut second in last; big-time threat. Golden Vale owns fast figures and could be ideally positioned in the stalker's seat. Two Hot Betty takes precipitous price plunge in first start in more than a year; fire sale?

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