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Steve Matthews’ Aqueduct picks for Dec. 9

FIRST: Fiery Cat exits sprints and could play out as the controlling speed in weak field. Lady Liana owns fast late pace figures on turf; dangerous on dirt. Comfort Level is fleet-footed and drops; big-time player.

SECOND: Night Madam drops, returns to dirt and goes long to short; call based on price potential. First Showing fired half-mile bullet for first start in 48 days; very interesting. Legend of Lorelei is improving with each start; right in the thick of this.

THIRD: Prince Zurs was a clear-cut winner in last and owns faster back figures; pairs up. Regal Minister is speedy and will prove very tough on a soft lead. Mister Popsicle consistently logs fast figures; very dangerous.

FOURTH: McKenzies Way tallied solid final fraction when a determined winner at this level in last; more to come. Spango has been logging competitive figures at FL; must consider. Wynhurst drops after being eased in last; fire sale?

FIFTH: The Silver Sniper was a front-running winner at Gpw last time; speed of the speed. Zen Papa also exits wire-to-wire score and now makes first start since claimed by Rudy Rodriguez; very playable. My Man Al was done in by poor start in last; don’t ignore.

SIXTH: Puppy Manners was freshened after failing at 40 cents on the dollar at FL last out; rebounds today. Power Crazed makes first start since reclaimed by Rodriguez; very dangerous. American Soldier owns speed and fast figs on ‘A’ game.

SEVENTH: Lane Allen is rested and could be ideally positioned in the stalker’s seat. Escapist is speedy and could play out as the dominant front-runner on the fence. Frazil should aided by cutback to sprint. Songa is more than good enough on best efforts.

EIGHTH: Majestic Bloom looms the main speed on the rail with aggressive handling. North Eight Street is training sharply for first start since February; dangerous. Bella Joy switches surfaces for potent turf-to-dirt barn; price will be tempting.

NINTH: Chief Assignment owns stalker’s style and makes peak start of form cycle in wide-open nightcap. El Genio is speedy and should be tighter in second start since seven-week layoff. Tino owns solid turf numbers; must consider. Bear Clause would be aided by pace meltdown.

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