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Steve Matthews’ Aqueduct selections for Friday, Jan. 15


Best Value: ETA CARINAE (5)

FIRST: Ghostcatcher tallied solid final fraction when a hard-charging third in last. Tom’s Gift bested top selection by half-length when a game second in last; very dangerous. How’s Your Sugar was fourth in same last race as top pair; worth long look at long price.

SECOND: Enduring Touch owns sprinter’s speed and could play out as the controlling front-runner. Benny’s Diamond could be in the garden spot if top selection hits the wall in the lane. Jademarie consistently logs swift numbers; right in the thick of this.

THIRD: Fumin Newman unleashed sustained rally to win well-bet debut; more to come. Awesome Gent was a handy, front-end winner in last; could easily take another. Gehrig gets class relief and turns back to sprint; must consider.

FOURTH: Star of the Forest wheels back in a hurry and drops after two-move sixth last week; improvement expected. Midnight Champagne was a front-running winner at this level in last; logical, short-priced player. Panfila could move forward in second start on the inner track; price will be tempting.

FIFTH: Eta Carinae fired eye-catching, 5-furlong bullet for first start in seven weeks; primed for big effort. She’s All Even could play out as the speed of the speed with aggressive ride. Alliteration makes first start since claimed and owns fast back figures; very dangerous. Coramoss was an even third in last; right in the thick of this.

SIXTH: Mongolian King logged swift numbers when second in last two starts at Lrl; rates close call. Crafted was an ultra-game, top-figured second in debut on Nov. 26; very playable. Say Cin Cin runs late and should be aided by today’s longer trip.

SEVENTH: Loya tallied improved internal numbers when a solid second in last; call based on price potential. Franky and Jane was second to a repeat winner in last; very playable. Miss Amalita regressed in last after fast-figured placing in prior; dangerous.

EIGHTH: Dreamsdocometrue is riding a forward line on late pace and final figures; more to give. Roman Revival is speedy and makes third start of form cycle. Swell was a fast-figured second last time; big-time threat.

NINTH: Champagne Therapy displayed improved speed in last and should have more to give in second start since two-month; rates close call. For Later was a better-than-it-looks fourth when wide in debut; improvement predicted. Love You Babe gets rider upgrade and owns competitive numbers; dangerous. Hollaback should be aided by cutback to abbreviated dash; price will be tempting.

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