Best Bet: JAZZY J (6); Best Value: MATTY'S MAGNUM (7)
FIRST: Lone Pioneer displays improved training tab since gelded this past fall; call in weak opener. Classic Romeo makes first start with maiden-claiming tag; dangerous. Midnight Entree was a hard-fought second in last; be no surprise.
SECOND: Pretty Enuff logged solid late-pace figure when a tough-trip second at Laurel last time; more to give. Elegant Jem owns speed and fast numbers; big-time, front-end threat. Beyond Discreet has hit the board in six of last seven starts; must consider.
THIRD: Big Brown Cat projects as the speed of the speed with aggressive ride. Irish Banker drops after making forward move on the numbers last time; worth long look. D's Sis is fleet-footed and needed last; must be factored into the mix.
FOURTH: Crea's Bklyn Law packs potent late kick and hails from white-hot Michelle Nevin stable. Wushu Warrior gets confident price boost after game placing in last; very playable. Mad Munnys is a front-running threat on best efforts.
FIFTH: Papa Jim made wide run when second to a much-the-best winner in debut; more to come. The Big Lebanese also was a hard-charging second in first start and logged two half-mile works in the interim; very dangerous. Clever Fellow is training swiftly for debut for Chad Brown; any questions?
SIXTH: Jazzy J notched improved internal numbers when facing pricier field last time; set for breakthrough. Mimic logged five tight works since breaking maiden by nearly 10 lengths on Nov. 25; big-time player. Mrs. Crews regressed in last after fast-figured placing in previous start; bonce-back threat.
SEVENTH: Matty's Magnum is 1-for-1 at Big A and 2-for-2 at the distance; rail draw seals the deal. Forever Liesl needed last and consistently logs fast numbers; dangerous. Sara Street owns two wins and two seconds from four starts at Aqueduct; must be factored into the mix.
EIGHTH: Evan's Nice Now is riding a forward line on pace and final numbers; class drop is the clincher. Midnitesalright is speedy and can prove very tough on a soft lead. Caralicious makes peak start of form cycle; worth long look. Annette's Humor owns speed and swift numbers but has failed as the favorite in last two starts; you've been warned.