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Steve Matthews’ Aqueduct selections for Friday, March 25

Best Bet: HANGRY (2)

Best Value: SOUTHERN SUNSHINE (4)

FIRST: Aix En Provence makes first start since claimed and packs potent late kick on ‘A’ game; call based on price. Angel Code owns speed and fast figs but takes troubling price plunge in first since November; fire sale? Wraith makes peak start of form cycle after logging improved late pace figure in last; hails from white-hot Chris Englehart barn.

SECOND: Hangry regressed in last after fast-figured win (dq’d) in prior; class relief seals the deal. Majority was second in last two starts; continues trend? Fa Niente displayed new-found speed in last; developing and dangerous.

THIRD: Wisdom of Oz gets confident price hike after hard-charging second in last; more to give. Lady Luciano tallied solid final fraction when a clear-cut winner in last; very dangerous. Saluda is fleet-footed and will prove very tough on a soft lead.

FOURTH: Our Luck logged fast figures in both starts of inner track. Vancouver holds sharp current condition; very dangerous. Who Is the Giant took backward step in last after determined maiden win in prior; rebound threat.

FIFTH: Southern Sunshine is riding a forward line on internal and final numbers; call based on price potential. Whimsey’s Girl has finished second in four of last five starts; vulnerable at short ticket. North Eight Street adds blinkers and drops; worth long look.

SIXTH: Terian makes peak start of form cycle and projects as the main speed with stretch to route. Taoiseach runs late and looms the prime beneficiary if pace meltdown ensues. Holdtherightcards fired half-mile bullet since last start and has benefit of rail; dangerous.

SEVENTH: Take a Bite regressed in last after clear-cut victory in prior; bounces back today. Metal Magic drops, owns fast figs and hails from streaking Steve Klesaris stable; very playable. Noble Master has worked three times since failing to beat a runner in last start; right in the thick of this on best.

EIGHTH: Championofthenile compiled eye-catching work slate for first start since October; short price is the problem. Saratoga Giro is speedy and should improve in second start since five-month layoff; very interesting at fat ticket. Lucky Lurie was a fast-figured second in last start; regresses today?

NINTH: Wildnightattheopera drops after displaying improved speed in last; rates close call in wide-open nightcap. Lieutenant Dale could be in the garden spot if fractions get fast and furious; very playable. Awesome Bill was a decisive winner in last and owns faster back numbers; repeat potential. Stevie’s Moonshot took backward step in last after hard-fought win two starts back; don’t ignore.

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