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Steve Matthews' Aqueduct selections for Saturday, Jan. 5

Best bet: BOBBY MAN (6)

Best value: STILL KRZ (5)

FIRST: Needs No Ice tallied career-best late-pace figure when a clear-cut second in last; more to come. Youmakemeblush makes peak start of form cycle after finishing less than two lengths behind top selection on Dec. 15; could easily close the gap. Got the Gist should improve in second start since yearlong layoff.

SECOND: Stronger tallied solid final fraction when a determined winner in last; pairs up. Monteleone wheels back in a hurry after winning second straight last week; very dangerous. Trustworthy consistently delivers strong efforts; right in the thick of this.

THIRD: Cornetta's Choice runs late and should be aided by additional quarter mile. Winifred J is speedy and could prove very tough on an unchallenged lead. Bee'snbee's made forward move on the numbers in second career start; very interesting.

FOURTH: Turn and Bern is training sharply for first start in more than a year; primed and ready. Mrs. Orb tallied solid late-pace and final figures in last two starts; logical, short-priced threat. Overtime Olivia owns speed and could play out as the controlling front-runner; dangerous.

FIFTH: Still Krz is quick from the blocks and projects as the swiftest of the swift in strong field. Reed Kan also is speedy and has won four of last five starts; could easily take this. Preservationist fired eye-catching 5-furlong bullet for first start in nearly a year; must consider.

SIXTH: Bobby Man gets favorable cutback in distance after regressing in last start; sitting on rebound effort. Hushion notched swift 5-furlong drill since last start; big-time, front-running player. Smooth Tales is working with a purpose for debut for Linda Rice; could be the goods.

SEVENTH: Wegotoldyougotsold was unfazed by fast fractions when a front-end winner in last; more to give. Stoney Bennett visually and numerically impressed when winning by six lengths last time; could easily take another. Bon Raison should pack enhanced wallop with cutback to sprint; right in the thick of this.

EIGHTH: Satisfy logged four tight works since handy score Nov. 17; more in the tank. Pauseforthecause has won three of last four and owns favorable stalker's style; very dangerous. Sunset Ridge owns four wins, a second and a third from six starts; logical contender.

NINTH: Metaphorical notched rapid late-pace figure when winning by more than eight lengths last time; delivers another victory. Rockin Jo is speedy and could prove very tough if able to clear the field heading into the first turn. Never Nevermore never fired last time but gets class relief and has benefit of rail on Saturday; very interesting. Raging Fire logged two sharp works since determined maiden score in last; don't ignore.

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