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Steve Matthews’ Aqueduct selections for Saturday, Jan. 16

Best Bet: PRINCE ZURS (9)

Best Value: CHIEF OF STATE (6)

FIRST: Gonna Find Her compiled tight work tab for debut; weakness of field is selection’s strength. Freudsalm is speedy but has lost ground in the lane in every start; handle with care at short ticket. Good Laugh makes first start for Linda Rice; stay tuned to the tote.

SECOND: Real Estate Rich was a fast-figured winner in last and now makes first start since claimed by Rudy Rodriguez; pairs up. Mack Miller drops after facing pricier last week; dangerous on ‘A’ game. Upgrade compiled tight work tab for first start since claimed by David Jacobson; right in the thick of this.

THIRD: Stormin Monarcho fired half-mile bullet last week and owns fast back figures. Kid Cruz could be the prime beneficiary if pace meltdown ensues. Turco Bravo needed last and could be ideally positioned in the stalker’s seat.

FOURTH: Dravite compiled endurance-building work tab for debut; primed and ready. Bermuda Triangle, another newcomer, hails from potent first-out barn; follow the money. Midnight Surfer was done in by poor start last time; dangerous. Hard Hitter tallied solid numbers when an even fourth in debut; must consider.

FIFTH: Next Right drops and projects as the speed of the speed with aggressive ride. Regal Minister also is fleet-footed and looms on front-end threat on best. Oliver Rush could be the garden spot if pace meltdown ensues. Indian Nobility is another that would be aided by fast fractions; price will be tempting.

SIXTH: Chief of State was pace and position compromised when an even fourth in last; forward move predicted. Little Popsie fired half-mile bullet since front-running score in last; very dangerous. Black Tide logged four tight works since last start; must consider.

SEVENTH: Box Office has the benefit of the rail and owns fast final fractions on best efforts; rates close call in contentious route. Celebrated Talent was eliminated at the start by severe stumble out of the gate last time; very playable. Cerro is speedy, drops and owns fast numbers; right in the thick of this. Classic Giacnroll needed last and owns swift late pace figures; worth long look.

EIGHTH: Whateveruwant compiled five tight works since ultra-game placing in last at Lrl; call based on price potential. Eighty Three tallied swift late pace figure when a hard-charging winner last week; very dangerous. Classic Salsa, a three-time winner on the winterized oval, is speedy and gets favorable cutback to 6 furlongs; must consider.

NINTH: Prince Zurs is riding a two-race winning streak and owns fast back figures; gets three-peat. Storm Pursuit fell victim to fast fractions last time; dangerous with softer flow. March Too holds sharp form and ships in from Prx; big-time player. Star of New York wheels back in a hurry after being claimed by Jacobson on Sunday; must be considered.

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