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Steve Matthews’ Aqueduct Picks for Dec. 4

Best Bet: FOX RULES (4); Best Value: LORD OF LOVE (8)

FIRST: She’s All Even is fresh and projects as the speed of the speed with aggressive ride. Fancy and Flashy needed last and could be in the garden spot if top selection hits the wall in the lane. Momentary Magic is fleet-footed and owns fast figures on best efforts.

SECOND: Rice and Beans wheels back in a hurry after late-running fourth last week; throw deep in weak field. She’s Gifted is speedy and could prove very tough on an unchallenged lead. Wantagh Queen gets class relief and would be aided by pace meltdown.

THIRD: Piccolo Flats was a fast-figured, clear-cut winner in last; pairs up. Natalie Victoria is a front-running threat on a soft lead. Rapid Repair ships in after winning two straight on Mid-Atlantic circuit; razor-sharp and very dangerous.

FOURTH: Fox Rules drops, returns to turf and looms the controlling speed. Compliance Officer owns three wins and two seconds in seven starts on Big A grass; very dangerous. Barrel of Love was a surging second in last; big-time player. Saint Finian packs solid late kick on best efforts.

FIFTH: Now We Are Free was an even fourth in first start since four-month absence; forward move predicted. Fleeting is 2-for-2 on the Big A’s main track and drops in first start since claimed by David Jacobson; logical, short-priced player. Liberty First was compromised by wide trip in last; don’t ignore.

SIXTH: Caldera failed to handle slop last time and now makes first grass start since claimed by Jacobson. Kodiva gets the meds after being done in by wide journey in last; very playable. Seeking Alphabested a next-out winner when a fast-figured second in last; right in the thick of this. America’s Kitten has failed as the favorite in last two starts; you’ve been warned.

SEVENTH: Chelios was victimized by poor start in last and logged three tight works in the interim. Power Nap consistently logs fast figures; big-time player. Captain Moss is speedy and will be aided by today’s shorter trip. Hey Bro owns swift numbers but was vanned off after taking bad step 48 days ago; mixed message.

EIGHTH: Lord of Love faced tougher in last and was a determined winner in prior; rebounds. Liberal Spin tallied rapid late pace figure when a hard-charging fourth in last; dangerous. Dominic’s Smile could prove very tough on an uncontested lead.

NINTH: Kool Charli was pace and positioned compromised when a game second in last; call based on price potential. Whimsey’s Girl has worked four times since clear-cut second last month; very dangerous. Coramoss drops, makes third start of form cycle and returns to dirt; big-time threat. Misty Sunday is improving with every start; odds will be tempting.

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