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Steve Matthews’ Aqueduct selections for Friday, March 17

Best Bet: MISS SWISHER (1)

Best Value: MYFOURCHIX (8)

FIRST: Miss Swisher makes peak start of form cycle after improved third in last; more to come. Moneybrook could play out as the controlling speed on the fence with aggressive ride; very dangerous. Our Whim is training with a purpose for first start in 11 months; more than good enough if ready.

SECOND: Dark Roast is riding a forward line on pace and final figures; call based on price. Buckwellspent was a clear-cut second to a runaway, repeat winner last time; very playable. Afleet Martini is fresh and can impact if fractions get fast and furious.

THIRD: Cookie Crisp logged four tight works since tough-trip fourth in debut; improvement predicted. Cumberland River packs solid late kick and has the benefit of the rail; big-time threat. Thirtysevenliveson should move forward in second start since two-year absence; price will be tempting.

FOURTH: Enigma returns from Laurel after hard-charging victory in last; three closely grouped works in the interim seals the deal. Ducasa owns speed and fast figures; dangerous. Abounding Spirit was a solid second in last; right in the thick of this.

FIFTH: Out of Nowhere makes third start of form cycle and will offer generous price in wide-open field. North End gets Lasix after besting a next-out winner when second in heavily-bet debut; very dangerous. Decorator Jenn has finished second in both starts; logical contender.

SIXTH: War Canoe was pace and trip compromised when sixth in blossoming key race last out; forward move predicted. Ice Palace drops after finishing second to a repeat winner in last; logical, short-priced threat. Justenufflaughter was victimized by wide trip in last; worth long look at long price.

SEVENTH: Spun Copper was a game second in last start and projects as the speed of the speed with aggressive handling. Miss Amalita bested top selection by nearly a length when winning on Feb. 2; razor-sharp and dangerous. Sweetrayofsunshine is training with a purpose for first start since 47-day freshener for Rudy Rodriguez; right in the thick of this.

EIGHTH: Myfourchix tallied solid late-pace figure when second to a much-the-best winner in last; set for breakthrough effort. Ranger Lady owns fast numbers and is riding a two-race winning streak; big-time player. Da Wildcat Girl logged three seconds and two wins in last five starts; must be respected.

NINTH: Right of Approval flashed brief speed and folded when facing male runners last time; return to proper gender is the key. Preziosa tallied solid final fraction when a pole clear for second last out; dangerous. Jacqueline D is improving with each start; must consider. Majestic Mac gets blinkers and Lasix and has trained sharply since last start; worth long look.


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