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Steve Matthews’ Aqueduct selections for Saturday, Feb. 24

Best bet: BELLEVILLE SPRING (8)

Best value: CANDY PROMISES (6)

FIRST: Jacqueline D broke maiden by six lengths last time and meets suspect N2L field; pairs up. Forres Lily owns speed and makes peak start of form cycle; dangerous. Woundwithhereyes regressed in last after game placing in prior; bounce-back threat.

SECOND: Dean’s Ticket makes third start of form cycle and could be primed for breakthrough effort. Arewehavingfunyet exits speed and fade versus pricier last time; dangerous. Milaya also drops and owns fast figures on “A” game.

THIRD: My Roxy Girl logged solid late-pace figure when a determined winner in last; keeps on giving. Beautiful Buzz owns a win and a second from two starts; logical,short-priced player. Velvet Trinni is speedy and holds razor-sharp current condition; must be factored into the mix.

FOURTH: Tiz Super had wrong setup when thrust into role of “chaser” last time; main speed with aggressive ride. Ouro Verde was a front-running maiden winner in last; must respect. Connie A drops and turns back to a sprint; late-running threat.

FIFTH: Casigordo was a hard-charging winner in last and owns faster back figures; more to come. Delta Outlaw consistently delivers strong efforts but prefers minor awards; handle with care at short odds. Valyrian was a determined, front-end victor in last; dangerous.

SIXTH: Candy Promises fired swift, half-mile work since change-of-pace fifth in last start; call based on price. Pirellone is fleet-footed and has won three of last four starts; be no surprise. Bluegrass Singer was a strong second for this price last time; logical player.

SEVENTH: Forever Daisy tallied swift internal and final numbers when an even fourth in last; primed for winning effort. Queen Apollo coughed up clear lead when favored in last; vulnerable chalk again? March Two Madness concluded work slate with rapid, 5-furlong drill; very interesting.

EIGHTH: Belleville Spring was a top-figured maiden winner last time and outworked 70 rivals in half-mile bullet last week; pairs up. Analyze the Odds packs potent kick and is training sharply for first start since November; very playable. Nolinski owns speed and fast numbers; right in the thick of this.

NINTH: Tough Old Bird wheels back in a hurry after tough-trip third in the slop last Sunday; rates close call. Gypsy Jo was a game second in last and fired 5-furlong bullet in the interim; very dangerous. Bank Elaboration is fleet-footed and gets favorable cutback in distance; price will be tempting. You Promise is riding a forward line on the numbers and will offer fast ticket; worth long look.

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