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Steve Matthews’ Aqueduct selections for Friday, Dec. 2



Best Value: KALABAKA (8)

FIRST: Chasintheblues was a front-running winner in sprint last time and projects as the controlling speed once again. Space Oddity was pace and trip compromised in last; big-time stretch threat. Smokey Brown tallied swift late-pace figure when a hard-charging second in last; worth long look. It’s a Given owns speed and gets class relief; must consider.

SECOND: Hokie Fever could get the lead by default in field that’s light on speed. Causeway Cutie was victimized by soft flow when a late-running second in last; dangerous. La Dama de Hierro drops two price levels and moves to dirt; worth long look at long price.

THIRD: La Cat Warrior notched swift final fraction when a clear-cut winner in debut; more to come. The Walk tallied rapid internal and final numbers when second in Parx stake last time; very dangerous. Petrov made sharp rally to win going away in debut at Churchill Downs; right in the thick of this.

FOURTH: Sir Temple City drops two price levels and goes turf to dirt and long to short; throw deep in weak field. Over Promised also gets class relief after failing as the favorite in last; logical, short-priced player once again. Ecliptical Jack makes third start of form cycle after front-running second in last; be no surprise.

FIFTH: Colonel Andy owns sprinter’s speed and could capitalize on unchallenged lead with aggressive ride. With the Tide logged improved late-pace figure when a tough-trip fourth in last; price will be tempting. There Goes Ben has finished second in five of last six starts; always a runner-up?

SIXTH: Antebellum was a determined maiden winner in first start with blinkers last time; pairs up. Lady Chocolotta regressed in last after fast-figured second in previous start; bounce-back threat. Madison Blues is speedy, rested and drops; must consider.

SEVENTH: Marriage Fever earned solid late-pace number when an even fifth after wide trip last time; call in ultra-contentious mile. Don Dulce owns fast figures and packs potent punch on “A” effort; very dangerous. Wizardly gets class relief and owns swift back numbers. Erik the Red gets confident price hike by Linda Rice; very interesting.

EIGHTH: Kalabaka exits determined score in last at Parx and fired half-mile bullet last week; more to come. Catsadiva also notched clear-cut victory in Philly last time and has trained sharply in the interim; very dangerous. Zippity Zoom has been idle since the Fourth of July but owns speed and fast figures on best efforts; must be factored into the mix.

NINTH: Baseline needs scratches to get in, but is fleet-footed and projects as the controlling front-runner with proper ride. Apartfromthecrowd has trained with a purpose since tough-trip fourth when even money in debut; easily could take this. Panama Papers owns speed and fast numbers; very dangerous. Donwell gets Lasix after hard-charging third in debut; right in the thick of this.


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