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Steve Matthews’ Aqueduct selections for Friday, Feb. 19

Best Bet: NOBLE MASTER (2)

Best Value: BI LIGHT OF DAY (6)

FIRST: Gorelli logged fast final fraction in last after earning swift internal numbers in prior; set for best. Scorecard Harry is speedy and starts from the fence; dangerous. Eye Love Michael compiled eye-catching work tab for first start in more than a year; don’t dismiss.

SECOND: Noble Master displayed improved late kick when breaking maiden last time at FG; pairs up wins. Bluegrass Prevails tallied swift pace and final figs when second last time; big-time threat. Holdtherightcards exits handy, front-running score last out; dangerous.

THIRD: Be a Hero has trained strongly since clear-cut victory in key race last month; more to give. Dad’z Laugh owns speed, fast figs and is ultra-consistent; be no surprise. Englehart entry: Stay Tuned would be aided by pace meltdown and mate Storm Pursuit is riding a two-race winning streak; potent pairing.

FOURTH: Jeremy’s Song runs late and could be aided by today’s added ground. Escalate drops to lifetime low and makes first start since gelded; very playable. El Grillo could move forward in third start since nine-month layoff; price will be tempting.

FIFTH: Just Got Out wheels back in a hurry and drops after improving on pace and final figures just eight days ago; more to give. Losta Noodles also makes quick return and makes first start for streaking Michael Pino barn; dangerous. Jane Peterson gets class relief and could benefit from longer trip.

SIXTH: Bi Light of Day was a determined winner in last and should have more in the tank in second start since three-month absence. Beating Heart Baby is rested and packs potent late kick on ‘A’ game. North Eight Street makes third start since 10-month absence; worth long look.

SEVENTH: Forty Nine Watts was pace and position compromised last time; pulling weight from the field seals the deal. Ground Control makes first start since claimed by Rudy Rodriguez; obviously must be considered. Unstoppable U, a hot commodity at the claim box, is speedy and riding a two-race winning streak; very dangerous. Petrocelli is a front-end threat on best efforts.

EIGHTH: Damage Control is rested, training with a purpose and projects as the controlling speed. Bellamy Way was a top-figured second in last; regresses today? Sinistra owns fast late pace figures on best efforts; price will be tempting.

NINTH: Sugar Gold was victimized by wide trip and soft flow last time; improvement predicted. Park Ranger gets added ground after fast-figured win at 6 furlongs last time; vulnerable favorite? Mr. Canada has worked sharply since game placing last month; dangerous. Sound of Freedom is another that was a strong second in last; must consider.

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