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Steve Matthews’ Aqueduct selections for Saturday, Dec. 26


FIRST: Bear Clause tallied improved numbers when a close-up fourth in last; call in weak opener. My Tommy Boy wheels back in a hurry after clear-cut third just nine days ago; dangerous. Chosen One Elijah drops and makes dirt debut for crafty barn; very interesting.

SECOND: Extinct Charm logged career-best final fraction when breaking maiden last out; call based on price. Sudden Surprise owns four wins from five starts; paltry price is the problem. Taoiseach won only start on inner track; worth long look.

THIRD: Big Band Benny gets the meds after front-running third in last; tighter today. Eden Ridge makes first start versus NY-breds; improvement predicted. Willie’s Mojo has worked three times since never getting involved when favored in debut; should move forward.

FOURTH: Life in Shambles should possess enhanced wallop with cutback to 6 furlongs; rates close call in ultra-contentious dash. Nubin Ridge packs potent late kick on best efforts; dangerous. Sir Bond gets confident price hike after besting cheaper at Lrl just eight days ago; very playable. Escape to the Moon bested a next-out victor when winning last; right in the thick of this.

FIFTH: Apollo Eleven needed last and notched three tight works for switch to dirt; forward move predicted. Tiz a Chance has finished second in three of four starts; continues trend? Thirst for Glory gets surface switch and makes peak start of form cycle; must consider. Hunter Cat owns speed and could prove tough on an unchallenged lead.

SIXTH: Marriage Fever gets confident price boost after tallying solid late pace fig when winning last; more to come. Finding Candy has the benefit of the rail and could play out as the controlling speed. Street Shark also is fleet-footed and is training sharply for first start since June. Son of a General could be in the garden spot if pace meltdown ensues.

SEVENTH: Chief Assignment logged swift final fraction when breaking maiden last time; pairs up. Daddy’s Thief has notched rapid numbers in all three starts at Prx; dangerous. Copernicus is speedy and will prove tough on a soft lead.

EIGHTH: Heaven’s Runway was compromised by wide move on the turn when third in last start; set for best in peak start of form cycle. Green Gratto set fast fractions when winning Fall Highweight; big-time, front-end danger. Jake N Elwood also is speedy and could get the early jump with aggressive ride from the fence.

NINTH: Forest Boy tallied improved internal numbers in last; breakthrough predicted. Pancakesandbatter over came soft flow to win last; very dangerous. C J’s Awesome plunges sharply in first start since 129-day layoff; fire sale? Successful Brothers makes second start since claimed by Jason Servis; must consider.

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