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Steve Matthews’ Aqueduct selections for Friday, Nov. 25

Best Bet: BIG MARA (3); Best Value: STRAWBERRY TEQUILA (9)

FIRST: Primo Pentimento returns to dirt after displaying improved speed in last; first start with maiden-claiming tag seals the deal. Blarney Stones is 0-for-11 but owns fast figures on best efforts. Playthatfunnymusic is riding a forward line on the numbers; price will be tempting. Apollo Eleven drops and makes third start of form cycle; must be factored into the mix.

SECOND: Missy’s Storm was an even fourth in 11-horse field last time; continues forward development. Paz the Wine fired 5-furlong bullet since speed sharpened in sprint last out; very dangerous. Tiz a Kitten has trained consistently since making menacing move and fading in debut on Sept. 22; right in the thick of this.

THIRD: Big Mara logged solid final fraction when a wrapped-up winner in last start; more to come. Tahoe Tigress delivers strong efforts with machine-like consistency; logical, short-priced threat. Familyofroses makes quick return after fast-figured fourth on Nov. 13; big-time player.

FOURTH: We Did earned rapid late-pace figure when a determined winner in last; call based on price potential. Loki’s Vengeance is training sharply for first start since July; dangerous. Empire Dreams owns swift numbers and makes third start since nine-month layoff; easily could take this.

FIFTH: Broman entry: Mr. Buff regressed in last after fast-figured win in previous start and mate Clutch Cargo made sustained rally to break maiden in last; potent pairing. Shiraz has yet to take a backward step on the numbers; very playable. Twisted Tom has trained with a purpose since hard-charging maiden score on Sept. 22; right in the thick of this.

SIXTH: Devilish Grin earned improved pace figure in last and should offer playable price in wide-open field. No Entiendo compiled tight work tab for first start since February; front-end threat on best. Bustin It also is speedy and owns fast numbers; short price is the problem.

SEVENTH: Tough Old Bird notched fast late-pace number when a clear-cut second in debut; more to give. Play Me a Memory fired half-mile bullet since dq’d after apparent victory in last at Parx; very dangerous. Out of Nowhere is favorably posted outside in bulky field; don’t ignore.

EIGHTH: Gioia Stella logged strong final fraction en route to much-the-best victory in last; pairs up. My Impression regressed slightly in last after fast-figured win in previous start; bounce-back threat. Noble Beauty is fresh and owns two wins and three seconds in six starts; must be considered.

NINTH: Strawberry Tequila notched rapid late-pace figure when a handy maiden winner in last; call in contentious NY-bred stake. Kim Royale was a front-running winner in debut; very interesting. Filibustin has won both starts by a combined 13 lengths; must be factored into the mix.

TENTH: Undertherain bounced in last after fast-figured placing two starts back; rebounds in wide-open nightcap. Hudson River Gal was pace and position compromised last time; dangerous. Bareeqa has finished second at this level in last two outings; logical contender. Wantagh Queen wheels back in a hurry and drops after speed and fade last week; don’t dismiss. Bea Bea was a determined winner in last; must be factored into the mix.


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