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Steve Matthews' Aqueduct selections for Sunday, Jan. 6

Best Bet: PARLAPIANO (6); Best Value: FIERY OPAL (8)

FIRST: Regal Quality owns fast late-pace figures and makes first start since claimed by Linda Rice. Domain, also from Rice barn, is riding a two-race winning streak; very dangerous. Starship Zeus almost always fires but appears to prefer minor awards.

SECOND: Latin Love Bug should pack amplified kick with cutback to abbreviated sprint. Thefinalcrazydude is speedy and will prove very tough on a soft lead. Ragnar Lothbrok was a front-end third behind repeat winner last time; must consider.

THIRD: Shanghai Creek is 0-for-16 but owns field's fastest figures on best efforts; now or never. Alrahaal regressed in last after game placing in previous start; bounce-back threat. Siena Magic was a hard-charging second in last; right in the thick of this.

FOURTH: Classic Czar fired 5-furlong bullet since tough-trip fourth in last; forward move predicted. Durkin's Call also is training swiftly and looms the dominant speed with soft flow. Twelfthofneverland exits facile maiden score in last; worth long look.

FIFTH: Dash for Dollars gets Lasix and compiled tight work tab for first start since Halloween; primed for breakthrough. Tazmonian Devil makes first start with maiden-claiming tag; worth long look at long price. Oh K Funnybone is riding a forward line on the numbers; must be factored into the mix.

SIXTH: Parlapiano gets class relief after displaying improved speed in last; career-best predicted. Solitary Gem runs late and could be in the garden spot if pace meltdown ensues. Tayler's the Boss drops and has hit the board in last three starts; don't ignore.

SEVENTH: My Best Friend was a game second in last at Parx and tallied faster final numbers in previous two outings; more to give. Diamond Princess engaged swift splits when a convincing maiden winner in last; big-time threat. Stabilize made sustained rally to win debut by more than two lengths; don't dismiss.

EIGHTH: Fiery Opal packs solid late kick that should be well served in wide-open nightcap. Mascarello also runs late and could be aided by probable pace dynamics; very playable. Tribecca is fleet-footed and makes first start since gelded; very dangerous. Horoscope also is speedy and owns fast final numbers on best efforts.

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