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Steve Matthews’ Aqueduct selections for Saturday, April 16

Best Bet: HARP N HALO (7)


FIRST: Fratello Del Nord took backward step in last after fast-figured win in previous start; rebounds. Two Times Book tallied solid internal and final figures when a front-running winner in last; big-time threat. Crowd Funding also was a front-end victor in last and owns a faster back number; very dangerous.

SECOND: Swayed projects as the controlling speed in turf debut. Langfirst also makes first grass start and could be in the garden spot if top selection hits the wall in the lane. Miss Kew is another that would benefit from pace meltdown.

THIRD: Frazil gets confident price hike after clear-cut win in last; razor-sharp 10-year-old gelding. Gentrify owns speed and fast figures; worth long look. Stay Tuned is 1-for-1 on the Big A’s main track; don’t ignore. Be a Hero compiled six tight works since last start; right in the thick of this.

FOURTH: Helical Spring moves to grass after working three times since non-threatening debut; improvement predicted. Cloontia has earned solid numbers in all three turf starts; logical. Analyze Dattt is fresh and training with a purpose; worth analyzing.

FIFTH: Yakov gets helpful cutback in distance after strong second over the track in last. Bustin the Bank owns speed, fast numbers and makes first start since claimed by John Toscano; likely short price is the problem. Private Thrill consistently earns competitive numbers; must consider.

SIXTH: Won Dozen Banks gets the meds after speed and fade in debut; tighter today. Dark as Midnight was a strong second when favored in debut; very dangerous. Hot Squad makes third start of form cycle and is more than good enough on best efforts.

SEVENTH: Harp N Halo was a game, front-end winner in last on Tampa Bay dirt and projects as the controlling speed with return to grass. Selenite is training with a purpose for first start since November and packs potent late kick on “A” game; very playable. Mrs Mcdougal is 1-for-1 on Big A sod and hails from Chad Brown barn; underlay potential.

EIGHTH: True Bet was a tough-trip fourth in last after earning career-best pace figures in previous start; bounces back today. Charlie Baker entry: Street Lord makes second start since 10-month layoff and mate Curious Cal bested a next-out winner when a strong second in last; just one goes with Jose Ortiz, who is listed on both. Uncharted Course is speedy and razor sharp; be no surprise.

NINTH: Cozy Kitten notched improved late pace figure when a better-than-it-looks fifth in last on Gulfstream sod; call in wide-open nightcap. Dream Man was third in same last race as top selection and now makes third start since three-month layoff; very dangerous. Live in Joy has won five of last seven outings and now makes first start since claimed by Steve Klesaris; right in the thick of this. Buckleberry Grey exits sprints and could capitalize on unchallenged lead at fat ticket.

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