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Steve Matthews' Aqueduct selections for Saturday, Jan. 16

Best Bet: TAINO (3); Best Value: LOVE AND LOVE (9)

FIRST: Voice of Spring compiled tight work tab for first start since July; breakthrough effort predicted. Equant made middle move and flattened last time; tighter on Saturday. Beautiful Karen is speedy and could prove a very tough customer on a soft lead.

SECOND: Sister Alexa tallied fast late-pace figure when a clear-cut winner in last; pairs up. Take Charge Tina gets class relief and has worked four times since last start; dangerous. Violent Trick also drops and could play out as the main speed; must consider.

THIRD: Taino visually and numerically impressed when winning debut by nearly six lengths; more to come. Bowing Snowman owns a win and two seconds from three starts; be no surprise. Charlie Five O is training sharply for first start in seven week; worth long look.

FOURTH: Full Moon Fever gets the meds after strong placing in last; two sharp works in the interim seal the deal. Devious Mo gets blinkers/Lasix makeover in first start since claimed by Rudy Rodriguez; big-time player. Arrowheart is rested and training with a purpose; right in the thick of this.

FIFTH: Honorable Service gets confident, two-level price boost after determined win in last; keeps on giving. Vineyard Sound needed last and owns fast back numbers; very dangerous. Square Shooter has finished second in three of last four starts; must be factored into the mix.

SIXTH: Mrs. S was compromised by slow splits when fourth in last; rates close call. Jump for Joy logs fast figures with machine-like consistency; logical threat. Bay Jewel carved the fractions when third at 56-1 last out; worth long look at long price.

SEVENTH: Oliver's Fortune made forward move on the numbers in second lifetime start last time; more to give. It's Gravy owns two seconds and two thirds from four starts; could easily take this. Ruse regressed in last after fast-figured placing in previous start; rebound potential.

EIGHTH: Rossa Veloce was a front-running winner in last and projects as the main speed once again. Laobanonaprayer tallied ultra-strong victories in last two starts; likely underlay. Vacay is fresh and an unblemished 2-for-2; right in the thick of this.

NINTH: Love and Love notched swift late-pace figure when a decisive winner in last; takes another. Brass Ring is speedy, rested and logged endurance-building 6-furlong work last week; very interesting. Critical Value could be ideally positioned in the stalker's seat; dangerous. South of the Shore owns a win, five seconds and a third from seven starts; must use in exotics.

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