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Steve Matthews’ Aqueduct selections for Saturday, Feb. 13

Best Bet: FULL OF MAIN (7)

Best Value: FIRST RANGER (9)

FIRST: Best Play logged four tight works since winning second in a row on New Year’s Eve; more to come. Lucky Lotto gets class relief and owns fast final figures on ‘A” game; very dangerous. Mills logs swift late pace numbers on best efforts; must consider.

SECOND: Tipit was a clear-cut second in last; rates close call in field that’s loaded with newcomers. Bermuda Triangle displayed good speed when fourth in debut; big-time player. Defiantly makes first start for Jason Servis; follow the money.

THIRD: Willet was pace and position compromised in last; 3-for-5 on inner track. Court Dancer will prove very tough on an unchallenged lead. Blithely bested top two selections when a game winner on Jan. 14; right in the thick of this.

FOURTH: Gonna Find Her was victimized by wide trip when fourth in debut; improvement predicted. Stella Who displayed improved speed in last and fired half-mile bullet on Jan. 31; developing and dangerous. Shimmering Moon debuts for Mike Hushion; could be the goods.

FIFTH: City Steel is posted on the rail and could play out as the speed of the speed with aggressive ride. Persaud entry: Inca Saint packs potent late kick and mate Unstoppable U is fleet-footed and razor-sharp; just one goes with Chris DeCarlo listed on both. Upgrade would be aided by hot fractions. Ground Control makes first start since claimed by Rudy Rodriguez; need more?

SIXTH: Easy Comparison wheels back in a hurry after confident 8-length win last week; pairs up for new barn. Midnight Trace owns speed and drops in first start since claimed; price will be tempting. Point Hope was a late-running third in last and today’s added ground should play to strength.

SEVENTH: Full of Mine has been gelded since fourth versus tougher on New Year’s Eve; three tight works in the interim seals the deal. Brimstone was claimed by John Terranova after fast-figured, front-running win in last; very dangerous. Thirst for Glory is riding a forward line on late pace and final figures; big-time player.

EIGHTH: Fox Rules could play out as the swiftest of the swift in compact field. Saratoga Snacks owns two wins and three seconds in five starts on inner track; dangerous. Royal Posse packs potent late punch and owns three wins and four seconds in lasts seven starts; right in the thick of this.

NINTH: First Ranger was done in by sizzling splits last time; tighter in second start since seven-month absence. Buckleberry Grey makes peak start of form cycle and could be in the garden spot if top selection hits the wall in the lane. Nevada Kid drops and owns fast back figures; more than good enough if all is well. Frazil should pack intensified late kick with cutback to 6 furlongs; don’t ignore.


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