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Steve Matthews’ Aqueduct selections for Saturday, Jan. 2

Best Bet: MILLS (7)

Best Value: ELCINICO (5)

FIRST: Drum Roll projects as the main speed with aggressive ride. Point Hope could be the prime beneficiary if top selection hits the wall in the lane. Stay Tuned is another that would be aided by pace meltdown.

SECOND: Wizardly was a late-running fourth after poor start last time. Power Crazed was a clear-cut second to a much-the-best winner in last; very playable. Instant Replay drops in first start since 195-day layoff; dangerous on best. Saltine Warrior should be aided by today’s added ground.

THIRD: Noble Cornerstone should pack amplified kick with cutback to 6 furlongs; call based on price in small but contentious field. Bond Vigilante is speedy and riding a two-race winning streak; very dangerous. Marriedtothemusic is fleet-footed, owns fast figs and is firing bullets for first start since July; right in the thick of this.

FOURTH: Mill Creek is rested and could be favorably positioned in the stalker’s seat in big field. Evolution could play out as the speed of the speed; worth long look. Richie’s Rich is riding a forward line on the numbers; price will be tempting. Ideal Quality was compromised by wide trip last time; don’t ignore.

FIFTH: Elcinico tallied improved late pace and final figures when breaking maiden at Prx last out; nice fit at N2L level. Cuadrante, another Philly-based shipper, owns speed and swift numbers; very playable. Awesome Bill owns fast back figures; don’t dismiss.

SIXTH: Hangry notched solid final fraction when a clear-cut second in last; more to give. Majority owns speed and makes peak third start of form cycle; big-time player. D. S. Boyd drops to lifetime low and will offer juicy price; very interesting.

SEVENTH: Mills logged rapid late pace figure when a determined winner in last; pairs up. Day of Fury is fleet-footed and will prove very tough on a soft lead. Celebrated Talent also is quick from the gate and could get the early jump with aggressive handling. Lieutenant Seany O could be favorably placed in the stalker’s seat; must consider.

EIGHTH: Bird of Trey tallied fast numbers when an easy winner in last at Prx; ready for prime-time. King Kranz is still a maiden but owns swift figures; dangerous. Condo King bested ‘Kranz’ by a neck when a front-running winner last out; speedy and playable.

NINTH: Comfort Level was a clear-cut winner in last and owns faster back figures; more to give. Beautiful Risk regressed in last after determined score in prior; rebound potential. Is She Hot was a front-running second in last; dangerous. Chow Fun drops and makes dirt debut; demand value unknown. My Wild Gata could impact if fractions get hot and hectic.

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