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Steve Matthews' Aqueduct selections for Sunday, Jan. 27

Best Bet: OUTPLAY (4); Best Value: DOVEY LOVEY (8)

FIRST: Gottahaveaholiday is training sharply for first start since June; primed and ready. That's Speightful was a game second in last; logical, short-priced player. War of the States owns a second and two thirds from four starts; minor award again?

SECOND: American Lincoln has worked two times since even sixth in first start since five-month absence; improvement predicted. California Night fired 5-furlong bullet since wide trip versus pricier last out; dangerous. Rogue Nation owns speed and fast figures; be no surprise.

THIRD: Loverboy Lou owns field's fastest figures and drops into maiden claimer; price potential. Mandatory Payout makes first start since moving to Linda Rice barn; forward move expected. Majid goes first time for Rudy Rodriguez; very interesting.

FOURTH: Outplay projects to play out as the main speed on the fence with aggressive handling. Turco Bravo is riding a three-race winning streak; ageless 10-year-old gelding. Unpredictable could be in the garden spot if pace meltdown ensues.

FIFTH: Sicilia Mike should pack amplified late wallop with cutback to 6 furlongs. Speightful Kitten was pressured on the lead when a game second last time; very dangerous. Tribecca was favored when third in same last race as top two selections; right in the thick of this.

SIXTH: Votre Coeur gets class relief after taking backward step in last; rebounds on Sunday. Parlapiano runs late and looms the prime beneficiary if fractions get hot and hectic. Tayler's the Boss owns competitive numbers on best efforts; don't ignore.

SEVENTH: Win With Pride returns from two-month freshener and was a winner after similar layoff last spring; history repeats. Deep Sea has won five of last seven and makes first start since claimed by white-hot John Toscano stable; easily could take another. Pure Shot returns from 232-day layoff for Steve Asmussen stable; more than good enough if ready.

EIGHTH: Dovey Lovey was a change-of-pace second in last and stretch to 7 furlongs plays to strength. Miss Imperial got the better of top selection last time but Sunday's added furlong could prove problematic; proceed with caution at short ticket. Enliven compiled solid work slate for first start since Dec. 1; must be factored into the mix.

NINTH: Alvernia wheels back quickly and gets Lasix after being compromised by poor start in debut; forward move on tap. Abraxan owns fast numbers but has failed at short odds in last three starts; you've been warned. It's a Lovely Day makes first start since claimed by Jason Servis; easily could easily take this. Gattino Marrone is quick from the gate and must be factored into the mix in weak nightcap.

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