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Steve Matthews' Aqueduct selections for Friday, Dec. 21

Best bet: TOMMY T (8)

Best value: SIMONA (3)

FIRST: Ivy's College Fund projects as the main speed in first start since claimed by Bruce Levine. China Rider, first outing since claimed by Jason Servis, will be in the garden spot if top selection hits the wall in the lane. Satin Sheets owns fast back figures; don't ignore.

SECOND: Trance tallied solid late-pace figure when breaking maiden last out; more to come. Power Source has trained sharply since breaking maiden in October; dangerous. Catch Me If U Can, another last-race maiden winner, owns favorable stalker's style.

THIRD: Simona wheels back in a hurry after logging swift internal numbers last week; breakthrough effort on tap. Solitary Gem regressed in last start after hard-fought placing in prior; rebound threat. Mazmania was an even fourth in key race last time; right in the thick of this.

FOURTH: Emmy Knows drops, adds blinkers and takes potent class drop; call in weak field. Caralicious runs late and looms the prime beneficiary if top selection hits the wall in the lane. Central Banking outworked 50 rivals in a half-mile drill on Dec. 5; could be the goods in debut.

FIFTH: Three Hawk ships in from Maryland and owns fast final fractions; call based on price potential. Wisconsin Night is speedy and will prove very tough on an unchallenged lead. Sara Street owns swift numbers but has been on the bench since May 18; must take the good with  the bad.

SIXTH: Draiocht logged two swift works since speed and fade versus better on turf in debut; keeps on going on dirt. Margie Cat should pack amplified kick with cutback to 6 furlongs; very interesting. Rose of Dublin bounced in last after game placing two starts back; must be factored into the mix.

SEVENTH: Javelin has been idle since June but hails from potent layoff barn; primed and ready. Regalian owns strong kick and could be in the garden spot if pace meltdown ensues. Fled is riding a forward line on pace and final figures.

EIGHTH: Tommy T owns sprinter's speed and projects as the controlling front-runner from the fence with aggressive ride; 5-furlong bullet last week seals the deal. J S Bach is fresh and consistently logs fast figures; very dangerous. Thebigfundamental owns three wins, a second and a third from five starts but has been on the bench for more than 16 months; mixed message.

NINTH: Transaction Tax is fleet-footed, returns to dirt and pulls weight from the main contenders. Our Girl Abby was a top-figured winner when taking second straight last time; regresses today? Cool as You Like was a clear-cut second in last; logical player. Aunt Babe could land in exotics at fat number if fractions get fast and furious.

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