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Steve Matthews’ Aqueduct selections for Saturday, April 23


Best Value: CONSTANTINE (9)

FIRST: In Condition should be after logging six tight works for first start since August; main speed. Fleeting Gold could be in the garden spot if top selection hits the wall in the lane. Red Hook Express is training with a purpose for underrated barn; don’t ignore.

SECOND: Hurry Up Alan tallied solid final fraction when winning last; more to give. Pass the Dice also is a last-race winner and owns fast back numbers. Longfor the City is speedy and fired 5-furlong bullet on Monday; very dangerous.

THIRD: Liam’s Prince owns solid final fractions and logged tight work tab since last start; rates close call. Greyjoy returns to turf after logging game placings in last two starts; logical. Im a Prankster’s speed gives him a puncher’s chance at a juicy ticket.

FOURTH: Jcs American Dream notched swift final fraction when a much-the-best winner in last; pairs up. Literata also won last start and consistently delivers strong efforts; big-time player. Fast Retailing has been idle since November but packs potent late kick on ‘A’ game.

FIFTH: Owner Gentleman tallied solid late pace figure when a determined winner on dirt last time; move to grass should suit. Front is a three-time winner on Big A sod; very dangerous. Startup Nation owns fast final fractions and is working with a purpose for Chad Brown; likely underlay.

SIXTH: Gunlock was a breakthrough maiden winner in last and worked two times in the interim; more to come. Touchdown regressed in last after fast-figured second in previous start; rebound threat. Ideal Quality is fresh and owns competitive numbers on best races. Surfspun owns fast back numbers; must consider.

SEVENTH: Too Discreet owns sprinter’s speed and is firing bullets for first start since August; swiftest of the swift. Highland Sky was pace and position compromised when a strong second in last; very dangerous. Unbridled Daddy was a clear-cut winner in last and logged three works in the interim; right in the thick of this. Rappel’s speed must be respected.

EIGHTH: Wonderment was a front-running winner at TP last time and also can be effective from the stalker’s seat. Behrnik’s Bank is favorably posted and could play out as the speed of the speed. Frosty Margarita owns four wins and four seconds in eight starts; right in the thick of this.

NINTH: Constantine compiled five useful works for first start since December; primed for career best. Irish Jade also is training with a purpose for first start since layoff and packs solid late kick on best efforts. Momma’s Mark is rested and should be favorably positioned near the front in big field. Interior Secretary won last on dirt and must be factored into the mix if able to escape AE list. Freudian Light, another that must be considered if able to get into body of race, logged only victory on Big A grass.

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