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Steve Matthews’ Aqueduct selections for Monday, Jan. 18

Best Bet: NON STOP (5)

Best Value: HEAD SHRINKER (8)

FIRST: Over My Head is riding a forward line on late pace and final figures; call based on price. Miss Rickles is speedy and starts from the rail; dangerous. Voila La Victoire drops two price levels; must consider.

SECOND: Branded Hand packs potent late kick and owns fast back numbers. City Steel could play out as the controlling speed with aggressive ride. Beautyinthepulpit is training sharply for first start in 45 days; worth long look.

THIRD: Green Gratto projects as the speed of the speed. Dads Caps could be in the garden spot if top selection hits the wall in the lane. Alex the Terror regressed in last after fast-figured win in prior; bounce-back threat.

FOURTH: Fakeittilumakeit was a front-running second in last and should have more to give in second start on winterized surface. Joey Cap adds blinkers after being compromised by wide trip last time; should improve. Borrowed Dreams was less than two lengths behind top selection last time; right in the thick of this.

FIFTH: Non Stop logged improved internal and final figures when a even third in last; more to come. War Academy tallied solid final fraction in last; dangerous. Draxhall Woods was a clear-cut winner the first time he touched the inner track; big-time player.

SIXTH: Regifting is rested and notched only win on the inner strip; call based on price potential. Quibbler was a front-running winner in first start on the winterized oval; very dangerous. Bonnie K is speedy and adds blinkers; must consider.

SEVENTH: Kowboy Boots makes quick comeback and gets class relief after failing to impact nine days ago; improvement predicted. Chelios makes first start since claimed by Danny Gargan; more than good enough on ‘A’ game. Ogermeister needed last and owns competitive numbers on best efforts.

EIGHTH: Head Shrinker logged hard-charging score in first start on the inner oval; pairs up at playable price. Clipthecouponannie lived up to heavy tote support when a ‘geared down’ winner in debut; very dangerous. Trulamo bounced last time after hard-charging second two back; rebound threat.

NINTH: Bustin to Get Home is riding a forward line on late pace and final figures; call in wide-open nightcap. Thunderbumms is training with a purpose for first start since non-threatening debut; worth long look at long price. Hangry drops and must be factored into the mix if able to escape the AE list. D.S. Boyd, another that needs scratches to get in, should improve with addition of Lasix.

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