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Steve Matthews’ Aqueduct selections for Friday, Jan. 8



FIRST: Uncle Hen tallied rapid final fraction when a solid second in last at Prx; more to give. Frenchman Bay also finished second in last and has speed and starts from the fence; very dangerous. Mister Monolo logged clear-cut maiden win over the inner surface last out; right in the thick of this.

SECOND: Secret Scholar was a pole clear for second in first start on winterized footing; rates call based on price. Organic Gemini has finished second at short odds in last five starts; continues trend? Spark to Ignite is speedy and needed last; must be respected.

THIRD: Bella Joy drew off to dominant victory in first start on inner strip; pairs up. Jc’s Shooting Star gets class relief and owns fast figures on best efforts. In Spite of Mama is training with a purpose for first outing in 93 days; front-end threat on ‘A’ game.

FOURTH: Miss Moneyhenny is favorably posted on the fence and makes first start with maiden-claiming tag. Stone Age Honey runs late and should be aided by today’s added ground. Philjangle was a two-move fourth in last at Pen; dangerous.

FIFTH: Saturday Appeal turns back to sprint and should pack amplified kick in wide-open dash. Caspian Crown is speedy and could prove very tough on an unchallenged lead. Sol the Freud also is fleet-footed and owns fast back numbers; right in the thick of this. Mr. Masterpiece has won two in a row at Prx; must be considered.

SIXTH: Distinctive Lady tallied swift internal and final numbers when a strong third in last start; six-weeks of recovery time is the key. Touching My Toes owns stalker’s style and could be in the garden spot if pace meltdown ensues. Da Wildcat Girl makes first start since claimed by Gary Gullo; very interesting.

SEVENTH: Head Shrinker was a dominant, front-end winner in last; more to give for new barn. Sidney’s Success was a clear-cut winner in debut; price will be tempting. Town Tart owns fast back figs and adds blinkers for Rudy Rodriguez; could easily take this.

EIGHTH: Miss Kew moves to dirt after being pace and trip compromised last out; call based on price potential. Surprise Cameo was an even third when favored in last; logical, short-priced player. Crazy Love drops and can prove to be a front-end threat on best efforts.

NINTH: Fortunate Sky exits tough-trip fifth and today’s longer trip should play to strength; price play in weak nightcap. Set Off was a much-improved third in last and should have more to give in third career start; big-time player. Our Luck makes first start since claimed by Rodriguez; very dangerous. Crypto Coyote fired crisp half-mile work for first start since April; worth long look at long price.

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