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Steve Matthews' Aqueduct selections for Friday, Dec. 28

Best bet: T LOVES A FIGHT (6)

Best value: DAZZLE ME (8)

FIRST: Fox Red projects as the speed of the speed with aggressive handling from the rail. Monteleone exits fast-figured, front-end score; very dangerous. Bon Raison should pack amplified kick with cutback to abbreviated sprint.

SECOND: Run for Boston runs late and should be suited by 9-furlong distance. Local Edition should be favorably positioned near the front in field that's light on speed. Theresa's Boy took backward step in last start after much-improved placing in prior; rebound threat.

THIRD: Hero's Welcome tallied swift late-pace figure when a clear-cut second in last; added ground plays to strength. Zealous has finished second in last three starts; continues trend? Rucksack is another that appears to prefer minor awards.

FOURTH: Little Nanny is fresh and owns favorable stalker's style in closely matched field. She'sakittykat, a hard-charging winner in last, logged both scores at the Big A; dangerous. B Three can play out as the controlling front-runner in field that's light on speed.

FIFTH: Sander's Empire makes peak start of form cycle after much-improved placing in last; more to give. She's a Lumberjane was second to a tons-the-best winner in last; big-time player. Call It a Truce was just neck behind "Jane" when a tough-trip third on Nov. 15; right in the thick of this.

SIXTH: T Loves a Fight gets confident price boost after eye-catching score last time; pairs up. Blue Belt is fleet-footed and was a fast-figured second in most recent; very dangerous. Summer Bourbon makes third start of form cycle after finishing just a neck behind Blue Belt on Dec. 8; must be factored into the mix.

SEVENTH: Naples Princess was compromised by slow start when a hard-charging third in last; rates close call. Noble Freud exits hard-fought, top-figured win in last; bounces today? Shimmering Moon needed last and owns fast back figures; must consider.

EIGHTH: Dazzle Me tallied new pace top when fourth in last at Parx; handles the locals at this level. Congrats Ellen is training swiftly for first start in seven weeks; worth long look. Rockin Emmzy makes first start with maiden-claiming tag; very interesting. Wild Type owns fast numbers but has repeatedly failed at short odds; you've been warned.

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