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Steve Matthews’ Aqueduct selections for Saturday, Dec. 17

Best Bet: ETHAN HUNT (3)

Best Value: LITTLE SCHMO (7)

FIRST: Fleet Irish tallied swift final fraction when a hard-charging winner in debut; more to give. The Caretaker also impressed when breaking maiden in last; very dangerous. Manifest Destiny returns to dirt and could play out as the controlling speed.

SECOND: Holding Aces has worked twice since fast-figured second in last; more to give. Mr Curiousity is fleet-footed and could secure unchallenged lead. Overawe makes first start since gelded; price will be tempting.

THIRD: Ethan Hunt tallied swift late-pace figure when a clear-cut winner in last; pairs up. Gold for the King is another that was a top-numbered winner in last; big-time player. Bavaro also exits convincing victory in last and fired half-mile bullet on Tuesday; right in the thick of this.

FOURTH: Dr. Stone gets Lasix after much-improved placing in last; half-mile bullet last week seals the deal. Mazmania regressed in last after pairing up fast-figures in previous two starts; dangerous. Land Mine debuts for Mike Hushion; stay tuned to the tote.

FIFTH: Lynx gets confident price hike in first start since claimed by Rudy Rodriguez. Wizardly could be in the garden spot if pace meltdown ensues. Peppi the Hunter wheels back in a hurry after even fifth last week; very interesting.

SIXTH: Thirstforthecup notched swift final fraction when a better-than-it-looks third in last at Parx; more to give. Spirit of the Dawn is speedy, rested and training sharply; very dangerous. China Rider adds blinkers and returns to maiden ranks; right in the thick of this.

SEVENTH: Little Schmo has trained strongly since fast-figured win in last; more to come. David Jacobson entry: Baby Bear’s Soup and mate Data Driven both took backward steps in last after top-numbered scores in previous start; bounce-back threats. Bene was a solid, front-running winner in debut; worth long look.

EIGHTH: Unbridled Juan notched rapid final fraction when a determined winner in last; three sharp works in the interim is the clincher. Bay of Plenty is speedy, owns swift figures and is 1-for-1 on the inner track; very dangerous. War Story could impact if fractions get fast and furious.

NINTH: Margarita Sunrise makes peak start of form cycle after game placing in last; more to give. Appealing Henry also makes third outing since layoff after strong third in last; dangerous. Tiz Wicked makes first start since gelded; improvement expected. Rudinas Kiss would be aided by pace meltdown.


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