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Steve Matthews’ Aqueduct selections for Friday, April 8

Best Bet: Bellarmine (2)

Best Value: Sea Raven (8)

First: Mary’s in Utopia makes third start since eight-month layoff and could be sitting on career-best effort. Good Laugh was a top-figured second in last; small price is the problem. Wiredancer was a clear-cut second at this level two starts back; don’t ignore.

Second: Bellarmine is riding a forward line on pace and final figures; more to come. Monty Haul was a clear-cut winner versus a pricier field last time; logical threat. Inca Saint was a strong second in last and should be aided by cutback to mile.

Third: Transparent is training sharply for first start since gelded; call in small but competitive field. Samraat can prove a big-time threat if able to recapture form from 2013-2014. Stormin Monarcho is speedy and today’s shorter trip should play to strength.

Fourth: Sweet Peaches notched improved numbers when an even third versus pricier last time; more to give. Silly Face adds blinkers in first start since claimed by Michael Pino; dangerous. Show Giant is speedy and could prove very tough on an unchallenged lead.

Fifth: Zen Papa adds blinkers and looms the controlling speed on the fence. Bust Another consistently delivers strong efforts; could easily take this.

Sixth: Domestic Warrior logged solid work tab for first start since gelded; improvement predicted. Porch Pounder was second to a much-the-best winner in last; big-time player. Prominence hails from potent second-out stable.

Seventh: Park Ranger compiled tight work tab since breaking maiden on Feb. 12; pairs up. Surfspun makes third start since layoff and owns fast back figures. Touchdown was a strong second in last;right in the thick of this. Deputy Busterstone could impact if pace melt down ensues.

Eighth: Sea Raven owns fast late pace figures and should move forward in second start since six-month layoff. Siouxis training with a purpose for first start in 63 days; dangerous. Bellamy Road fired two bullet drills since dominant score on Feb. 19; very playable.

Ninth: On to Trenton was a much-improved second in last and logged three tight works in the interim; more to come. Shootout also exits game placing in last; very dangerous. No Tanx Blue Chip is another that was second in most recent outing; right in the thick of this. Chosen One Elijah sheds the blinkers and pulls weight from the field; wake-up potential at fat odds.

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