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Steve Matthews’ Aqueduct selections for Saturday, April 2

Best Bet: NORTH SLOPE (7)

Best Value: DARNLEY BAY (8)

FIRST: Sweet On Smokey ships in for solid Maryland-based barn and packs potent kick on best efforts. Bileaps and Bounds is fresh and could play out as the controlling front-runner. Midnight Champagne also owns speed and is riding a four-race winning streak; very dangerous.

SECOND: Hectors Pride has won two in a row and owns faster back numbers; call in contentious Kelly Kip Stakes. Rockford has fired two bullet works since game victory in last. Tug of War notched 5-furlong bullet since winning last; price will be tempting. Collin’s Smile is right in the thick of this on ‘A’ game.

THIRD: Distinctive Lady exits clear-cut score in last and paired up wins last summer; call based on price. Sweetrayofsunshine owns two seconds and two wins in last four starts; big-time player. Stormy Sky also notched two seconds and a pair of wins in last four outings; right in the thick of this.

FOURTH: Lucky Lotto tallied swift late pace figure when a dominant winner in last; more to come. Bears Personality ships in for top-shelf Philly barn after winning three in a row; very playable. Mr Palmer packs potent stretch wallop on best efforts; must consider.

FIFTH: Jeter makes third start of form cycle after a second and a win in last two outings; rates close call. Dad’z Laugh consistently delivers strong efforts but has failed as the favorite in last four starts; handle with care at short odds. Draxhall Woods makes first start since claimed after winning three of last four starts; big-time player.

SIXTH: Indycott regressed in last after fast-figured win in prior; rebounds. Royal Posse owns three wins and five seconds in last eight starts; obvious threat. Little Jerry moves to David Jacobson stable after front-running score at GG last out; speedy and dangerous.

SEVENTH: North Slope notched rapid final fraction when winning last and now makes first start since claimed by Michael Pino. Toledo Eddie tallied sizzling internal and final numbers when winning third in a row in SoCal last time; very dangerous in firest start for David Jacobson. Mills is 1-for-1 on Big A’s main track; don’t dismiss.

EIGHTH: Darnley Bay logged rapid late pace figure when a much-the-best winner in last; pairs up. Can Can Babe won three straight in SoCal and now makes first outing since claimed by Jacobson; very dangerous. Doinwhatshelikes could be the prime beneficiary if pace meltdown ensues.

NINTH: Eighty Three overcame soft fractions when a determined winner in last; more to give, Classic Salsa chased scorching splits in last; big-time, front-end threat on unchallenged lead. Cerro is speedy and should be aided by cutback to 7 furlongs.

TENTH: Brenda’s Way is fresh, firing bullets and projects as the controlling speed with aggressive ride. Stroke Play could be sitting in the garden spot if top selection hits the wall in the lane. Winning for Sarah ships north after winning two straight at GP; worth long look at long price. La Inesperada has won three of last five stars; right in the thick of this.

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