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Steve Matthews’ Aqueduct picks for Dec. 13

Best Bet: KATHY’S HUMOR (8)

Best Value: STAR OF THE FOREST (6)

FIRST: Don’t Point is training sharply for first start in 10 months; call based on price. Park Ranger logged fast final fractions in all three starts; logical favorite. Jazz Player is a big-time player after front-running second in last.

SECOND: Kitty’s Pearl drops, switches to dirt and projects as the controlling speed. Justenuffdior could be in the garden spot if top selection hits the wall in the lane. Over My Head is another that would benefit from pace meltdown.

THIRD: Miss Haughty Toity may play out as the speed of the speed with aggressive ride. Flying K C drops two price levels for Rudy Rodriguez; probable paltry price is the problem. One More Song also drops two levels and makes dirt debut; very interesting.

FOURTH: Shoot From the Hip logged four tight works for first start in 45 days; rates close call. Cadeyrn raced wide when third in debut; dangerous. Big Gillette’s speed and connections (Rodriguez) must be respected.

FIFTH: Lunar Rover is training strongly and has the benefit of the rail. Frenchman Bay switches surfaces and owns fast dirt figures on best efforts. Big Al Parker bested a next-out winner when breaking maiden last time; developing and dangerous.

SIXTH: Star of the Forest owns sprinter’s speed and may secure unchallenged lead in field that’s light on front-runners. Amulay was eased in last but owns fast back figures; mixed message. Lady Gracenote is a four-time winner on the inner track; don’t ignore.

SEVENTH: Longfor the City gets favorable cutback in distance in first start since claimed by Danny Gargan; breakthrough effort predicted. The Big Deluxe was a fast-figured winner when reclaimed by Steve Klesaris last time; very dangerous. Call Daddy is riding a four-race winning streak; right in the thick of this.

EIGHTH: Kathy’s Humor was a hard-charging winner on turf last time but is just as capable on dirt; more to come. Ansible tallied improved final fraction when besting a next-out winner last time; dangerous. High Ridge Road broke maiden in last and has yet to take a backward step on the numbers.

NINTH: Forty Nine Watts gets price drop and makes peak start of form cycle; set for best. Best Play was a fast-figured second last out; very interesting. Moneyinyour Pocket owns swift back numbers; must consider. Fire Alarm ships in for high-percentage Maryland-based barn; right in the thick of this.

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