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Steve Matthews’ Aqueduct selections for Friday, April 14


Best Value: ANDESINE (7)

FIRST: Luna Rising was a tough-trip fifth in last and owns fast back numbers; rates close call. Audrique is training with a purpose for first start since Feb. 12; dangerous. Special Risk has finished second in last two starts; continues trend?

SECOND: Lady Luciano is speedy and has class relief; gets nod in weak field. Even Bette was eliminated by rough start in last; worth long look at long price. Champagne Ruby owns fast figures and drops to lifetime low; right in the thick of this.

THIRD: Battle Midway made sustained rally when a clear-cut winner in last; pairs up. Shuffle Up won second straight last time; very dangerous. Winning Road logged three seconds and a victory in last five starts; must consider.

FOURTH: Emiliana’s Hope notched solid late-pace figure when fifth in lone start on Big A sod; tight recent work tab seals the deal. Madame Ambassador was second to runaway winner in debut on Aqueduct turf last fall; very playable. Town Fair is speedy and has the benefit of the rail on tight-turned course; big-time player.

FIFTH: Adirondack Dream was pace and position compromised when facing pricier field of maidens last time; forward move predicted in second start since four-month layoff. Martino is riding a forward line on internal numbers; price will be tempting. Blarney Stones should pack amplified late kick with cutback to sprint; dangerous. Balac was a tough-trip third when favored in last; don’t ignore.

SIXTH: Mark My Style owns fast late-pace figures and is training with a purpose for first start since November. Closing Bell was a tough-trip third when favored in last at Tampa; very dangerous. Iron Power drops and can prove to be a solid, front-end threat on “A” effort.

SEVENTH: Andesine tallied swift final fraction when a last-to-first winner in most recent; more to come. Vicki’s Dancer is speedy, training sharply and owns three wins on Big A’s main track; very playable. Awesome News also is fleet-footed and can prove very tough on an unchallenged lead; right in the thick of this.

EIGHTH: Queen of Spades is quick from the gate, starts from the fence and is working strongly for first start since last fall; all systems go. Nouvelle Vague has logged solid numbers in all three U.S. starts; dangerous. Tapa Liath compiled tight work tab that culminated with 5-furlong bullet; worth long look. Saratiago owns competitive numbers on best races; big-priced, exotics inclusion.

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