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Steve Matthews' Aqueduct selections for Friday, Nov. 12

Best bet: BASELINE DRIVE (8)

Best value: MANDATORY PAYOUT (9)

FIRST: Demandsrespect has trained strongly since even fifth in debut; forward move predicted. Mischievous Diane, a clear-cut second first out, also has worked swiftly in the interim; very dangerous. Puglia fired two bullet drills for move to dirt; worth long look.

SECOND: Mr. Kringle drops after displaying improved speed in last; owns win on Big A sod. Reckless Spirit was compromised by slow splits and wide trip last time; dangerous. Loaded Joe was a front-end winner on Meadowlands turf last out; potential main speed.

THIRD: Shesalittle Edgy has won six of last eight starts; keeps on giving. Glory Dia exits clear-cut score in last at Parx; big-time player. Royal Meghan is more than good enough on "A" efforts.

FOURTH: Jerusalem Gates drops after even third in first start since six-month layoff; rates close call. Speed Effect owns speed and could prove very tough on a soft lead. Giocare looms the prime beneficiary if pace meltdown ensues.

FIFTH: Fort Washington has drilled four times since late-running third in debut; more to come. American Day regressed in last after game placing in prior; rebound threat. Charming Charlie debuts for potent first-out barn (Christophe Clement); follow the money.

SIXTH: Noli Temere is from a dam that has produced four turf winners from four foals to race; it's in the blood. Big Bean Christine is another that's bred to love grass; charting a must. Cindy's Choice displayed speed in debut; experience edge could be key.

SEVENTH: Ancient Brown has won two straight at Belterra Park; ready for prime time. Blame It On Mary is fleet-footed and could prove very tough on a soft lead. Pretty Clever should pack enhanced kick with cutback to sprint; very playable.

EIGHTH: Baseline Drive makes third start of form cycle after logging improved late-pace figure in last; big effort on tap. Windfall Profit adds blinkers and should be forwardly placed in bulky field; must consider. Miss Delicious looms the dominant speed if allowed an unchallenged lead.

NINTH: Mandatory Payout compiled eye-catching work tab for first start since January; primed and ready. Macho Boy is swift and makes peak start of form cycle; dangerous. Big Wonder gets class relief and returns to dirt; very interesting. Fast Break drops and gets favorable cutback; logical contender.

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