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Steve Matthews’ Aqueduct selections for Friday, Nov. 4


Best Bet: INDYCOTT (9)

Best Value: GALARDONADO (5)

FIRST: Chorus Line logged swift final fraction when a 23-length maiden winner last out; more to give. Bella Bailar was a fast-figured, front-running victor in last at Keeneland; very dangerous. Wildcat Belle is speedy, rested and hails from Danny Gargan barn; worth long look.

SECOND: O K by Me compiled four tight works for first start since Sept. 2; tight-turned, Big A turf plays to strength. Aussie Awakening bested a next-out winner when second in last; very playable. Jennifer’s Legacy regressed in last after hard-charging placing in previous start; rebound potential.

THIRD: Capitaine has trained swiftly since determined win in last; call based on price. Mo Town also has worked sharply since much-the-best victory in last; big-time player. Boys From Boston would be aided by pace meltdown.

FOURTH: Devine Union has trained with a purpose since failing as the favorite in debut; improvement predicted. Honor Way has finished second in both starts; logical, short-priced player. Pray for Bourbon was a clear-cut second behind a tons-the-best winner last time; right in the thick of this.

FIFTH: Galardonado chased swift splits and spit the bit last time but owns fast back figures on “A” game; call in wide-open, basement-level claimer. Fullfaithandcredit owns a stalker’s style and will be in the garden spot if top selection hits the wall in the lane. Forest Boy was a determined winner in last at Parx; pair-up potential.

SIXTH: Tequila Sunday rallied in debut on dirt and is bred to improve with switch to grass; throw deep in tricky maiden race. Discreet Image owns sprinter’s speed and will prove very tough on a soft lead. Lady Bergen also is quick early and has benefit of the rail; worth long look at long price. Missy’s Storm makes peak start of form cycle; don’t ignore.

SEVENTH: Pegasus Red was a tough-trip fourth in last; best price potential of the contenders. Comandante bested top selection by more than four lengths when a game second in last; very dangerous. Wildniteattheopera is a front-end threat on best efforts. Street Lord was a tenacious winner at this level last out; must be factored into the mix.

EIGHTH: Michael Dubb entry: Captain Gaughen drops for Rudy Rodriguez and owns win on Big A sod and mate Adirondack Dancer also has won on Big A grass and owns fast figures; potent pairing. Aragonite is 1-for-1 on Aqueduct turf and exits strong placing in last; very playable. Call Provision, another that’s 1-for-1 on Big A lawn, can easily take this on best effort.

NINTH: Indycott will benefit from class drop and cutback to more manageable distance; versatile running style adds to appeal. Three Alarm Fire is rested, training solidly and owns swift figures on best races. Summer Revolution gets class relief and has fired two bullet drills since last start; very dangerous.

TENTH: Runaway Scarlett owns field’s fastest late-pace figures and will offer generous ticket. Bareeqa earned swift numbers in last two starts; big-time danger. Belle Postiere has failed as the favorite in last two starts but logged three tight works last month; mixed message. Stormin Saratoga displayed improved speed when a strong third in last; must consider. Degrees of Freedom drops and owns swift numbers on best efforts.


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