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Steve Matthews’ Aqueduct selections for Saturday, Dec. 10


Best Value: GALARDONADO (7)

FIRST: Unbridledadventure exits sprints and could play out as the controlling front-runner in field that’s light on speed. Missy’s Storm drops and goes turf to dirt; late-running threat. Twofreeknights could be aided by today’s longer trip.

SECOND: Quai Voltaire could capitalize on soft lead in soft field. Sicilia Mike has finished second in all three starts; continues trend? Cerretalto concluded work tab with half-mile bullet; could be the goods.

THIRD: Nominal Dollars regressed in last after fast-figured thirds in previous two starts; rebounds. Core Portfolio is speedy and owns a win and three seconds in four starts on inner track; very dangerous. Ready Strike moves to the dirt for David Jacobson (25 percent turf to dirt); must consider.

FOURTH: Have Another is training sharply for first start since gelded; improvement predicted. Category Two adds blinkers after speed and fade in debut; front-end threat. Hammerin Aamer is fresh and working with a purpose for Rudy Rodriguez; must be factored into the mix.

FIFTH: Pegasus Red packs potent late kick and owns three wins on the winterized oval. Comandante bested top selection by a nose when a front-running winner last time; easily could take another. Jeter makes third start since three-month absence; right in the thick of this on “A” game.

SIXTH: Lazarus Project took backward step in last after fast-figured placing in previous start; bounce-back effort predicted. Little Popsie is speedy and 3-for-3 on inner oval but has been idle since April; must take the good with the bad. Ekhlaas is fleet-footed and owns fast numbers on best efforts.

SEVENTH: Galardonado exits non-stressful, front-end score in last and owns faster back numbers; pairs up wins at a price. Ima Wildcat also is speedy and can prove very tough on an unchallenged lead. Dad’z Laugh was a determined winner in last and was reclaimed by Rodriguez; very dangerous.

EIGHTH: Kelsocait was done in by stumbling start last time but projects as the speed of the speed with better getaway today; 5-furlong bullet on Dec. 2 seals the deal. Paulassilverlining owns fast figures and two wins and two seconds in four starts on inner track; paltry price is the problem. Disco Chick is another that’s fleet-footed and should offer generous ticket; worth long look.

NINTH: Daggerpoint gets class relief and logged only win on inner strip; call in weak nightcap. No Entiendo needed last and is a front-running threat on best; very interesting. Watch the Tie displayed improved speed in last and owns faster back figures; dangerous. Buckwellspent was a determined maiden winner in last; razor-sharp current condition must be respected.

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