Good Afternoon
Good Afternoon

Steve Matthews’ Aqueduct selections for Friday, Jan. 1

Best Bet: FROYO STAR (1)

Best Value: COACH POTENZA (4)

FIRST: Froyo Star logged solid final fraction in debut in April and compiled eye-catching work slate for return. Regia Marina owns speed and fast figures but has repeatedly failed at short odds; you’ve been warned. Fine Instincts, another that’s burned a ton of cash, adds blinkers and moves to dirt for Todd Pletcher; not how we play the game.

SECOND: Barrier to Entry overcame stumbling start when a clear-cut second in last; rates close call. Enduring Touch tallied improved internal numbers when a front-end third in last; very playable. My Super Nova adds blinkers and makes first start with claiming tag; more than good enough on ‘A’ game.

THIRD: Stormy Sky notched improved late pace figure when a strong second in last; more to give. Eloquent Tribute is rested, drops and owns a win and a second in two starts on inner surface; very dangerous. Scat Away was an even fourth in last but owns competitive numbers on best efforts; don’t ignore.

FOURTH: Coach Potenza drops, adds blinkers and could play out as the controlling speed in big field. Par was pace and trip compromised in last; dangerous. Luckbuck Syndrome dons the shades after failing as the favorite last time; recoups losses? Thunderbumms logged three tight works for first start in 49 days; price will be tempting.

FIFTH: Combat Diver logged string of 5-furlong works for first start since claimed by Rudy Rodriguez; rates close call. Spearhead drops and moves to dirt after solid placing in last; dangerous. Lieutenant Dale tallied swift final fraction when breaking maiden at FL last out; worth long look at long price. Union River consistently logs fast figures; right in the thick of this.

SIXTH: Anydayismyday logged improved internal and final numbers when second to an easy winner in last; call based on price potential. Majesticconfection notched swift late pace figure when a close-up fourth in last; big-time player. Scatoosh has finished second in last three outings; be no surprise.

SEVENTH: Integrity displayed brief speed and fade versus far tougher last time after pairing up wins in prior two starts; rebounds today. Private Tale makes quick return after logging solid final fraction this past Saturday; price will be tempting. Ground Control drops and owns fast back figures; more than good enough if all is well.

EIGHTH: Zen Papa logged front-running wins in both starts; main speed once again. Jan’s Reserve notched fast late pace figures when winning last two starts; very playable. King Kranz owns swift numbers but has yet to find the winner’s circle; must take the good with the bad.

NINTH: Pocketfullofgreen gets class relief and could be ideally positioned in the stalker’s seat in wide-open nightcap. Kitty Ride is speedy and will prove very tough on an unchallenged lead. L X Sunrise consistently earns solid numbers but owns just one win from 22 starts; let price be your guide. One More Song notched determined victory in lone inner-track start; right in the thick of this.

New York Sports