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Steve Matthews’ Aqueduct selections for Friday, March 31

Best Bet: SNOW FIGHTER (1)

Best Value: THE GOMPER (8)

FIRST: Snow Fighter tallied improved late-pace figure when a clear-cut second in last; added quarter mile plays to strength. Z Royal is training with a purpose for first start since last April; dangerous on “A” game. Fielding Gold was an ultra-game third in last; right in the thick of this.

SECOND: Blarney Stones logged five tight works for first start in seven weeks; primed for breakthrough. Stony Brook failed as the favorite for second straight time last out; strike three? Flux Capacitor regressed in last after game placing in previous start; rebound potential.

THIRD: John’s Island drops and should move forward in second start since New Year’s Day. H Man took backward step in last after fast-figured second two races back; bounce-back threat. Bajan Summer is riding an improving line on the numbers; worth long look at long price.

FOURTH: Tough Old Bird is rested and notched career-best number in debut last fall; freshener is the key. Recollection gets Lasix and is working sharply for first start since September; very interesting. Cosi Bella was second at 90 cents on the dollar last time; if chalk is your game.

FIFTH: Theresas Candyrose owns two wins and a second in three starts on the Big A’s main track; call based on price potential. Doukas owns speed and drops; more than good enough on best. Spa Town Parade should be aided by switch to main track’s more expansive environs.

SIXTH: Sir Maurice should pack amplified late wallop with cutback to 7 furlongs; demand square price on 1-for-44 runner. That Makes Sense makes third start since two-month layoff; logical, short-priced player. Stormin Stephen is riding a forward line on the numbers; price will be tempting.

SEVENTH: She’s Had Enough gets confident, two-level price boost after 13-length score in last; more to come. Spirit Lets Hearit is speedy and could prove very tough to collar on a soft lead. Peaches and Spice looms the prime beneficiary if pace meltdown ensues.

EIGHTH: The Gomper notched four tight works since last start and late-running style should be aided by move to main track. Gypsum Johnny makes peak start of form cycle and could be ideally positioned in the stalker’s seat. Tashreeh owns fast final figures and hails from Rudy Rodriguez barn; be no surprise.

NINTH: Three No Trump gets Lasix after improved third in last; more to give. Luzinski drops, adds blinkers and could be sitting on forward move at big ticket. Cespedes has failed as the favorite in last two starts; takes third strike? Fire N Frost debuts for Rodriguez stable; follow the money.


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