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Steve Matthews’ Aqueduct selections for Saturday, Dec. 3

Best Bet: WE DID IT (6)

Best Value: OUR KARMA (5)

FIRST: Dhamaan met runaway, repeat winner in debut in February and is training strongly for return. Apostrophe is speedy and starts from the fence; dangerous. Chosen One Elijah wheels back in a hurry after speed and fade on Wednesday; very interesting.

SECOND: Alasaal looms the speed of the speed with aggressive ride. Vilma has finished second in three of last four starts; always a runner-up? Jess I Am compiled tight work tab for first start in 45 days; must consider.

THIRD: Moondance Joy owns a passing gear that could be well served in weak field. Splendid Gold owns fast figures but drops in first start since claimed; mixed message. Sweetpollypurebrd drops and moves to dirt; dangerous.

FOURTH: Divine Miss Grey tallied solid final fraction when second in debut; rates call on turf or dirt. Bernadiva logged three tight works since much-improved third in last; dangerous. Momentiempo is training strongly for first start in three months; worth long look. Bogulator must be factored into the mix if able to escape AE list.

FIFTH: Our Karma is fleet-footed and working swiftly for first start since June; call based on price. Toohottoevenspeak runs late and could be in the garden spot if top selection hits the wall in the stretch. Monte Man made sustained rally to break maiden in last; don’t dismiss.

SIXTH: We Did It has won three of last four and is 2-for-2 on Big A’s main track; more to come. Market Sentiment is 2-for-3 lifetime and should be favorably positioned near the front; very dangerous. Eye Luv Lulu drops after being compromised by rough start in last; right in the thick of this.

SEVENTH: All About Ashley logged improved late-pace figure in last; call if race is moved to dirt. Mighty Mo is fresh, training with a purpose and projects as the controlling speed. Runaway Posse packs potent punch on “A” game; very playable.

EIGHTH: Highway Star was a clear-cut winner in first start on Big A loam; keeps on giving. Bar of Gold notched monumental final figure when winning last; bounces today? High Ridge Road is 1-for-1 at Aqueduct and fired 5-furlong bullet for first start since the Fourth of July; don’t ignore.

NINTH: Lover’s Key notched career-best pace figure in last and could be sitting on breakthrough effort on either surface. Empty House needed last and should be set for forward move at playable price. Emiliana’s Hope bested Empty House by seven lengths when fifth in blanket finish on Nov. 11; must be considered. Cha Cha Heels was fourth in same last race as “House” and “Hope”; logical, short-priced player.


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