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Steve Matthews’ Aqueduct selections for Saturday, Jan. 9



FIRST: Honeyhasdamunnings adds blinkers and makes first start with maiden-claiming tag; rates close call. Strong Dude turns back to spring and should possess enhanced staying power; dangerous. Tree Shaker is another that should be aided by cutback to sprint.

SECOND: Apache Warrior was a front-running winner the first time he touched the inner track; pairs up. Got Winged is speedy and makes first start since claimed by John Toscano; big-time player. Saratoga Wildcat is fresh and fired crisp half-mile work last Sunday; worth long look. Thnxtomyuncle would be aided by pace meltdown.

THIRD: Willet got her game back when reunited with the inner strip; more to give. Le Verdad gets class relief and will prove very tough on an unchallenged lead. Room for Me won last and logged 13-length score in lone inner-track outing; right in the thick of this.

FOURTH: Wiredancer was pace compromised when an even fifth in last; improvement predicted. Rock Garden owns speed and drops; dangerous. Madame Maybry makes first start since claimed by Toscano; must consider. Marakovits was dq’d from second last time; don’t ignore.

FIFTH: Mischievous Sophie tallied solid final fraction when a much-the-best winner in last at Prx; handles class boost. Bileaps and Bounds is speedy, drops and will prove very tough on a soft lead. Bonita Luna could be in the garden spot if fractions get fast and furious.

SIXTH: We Did compiled three tight works for first start since earning deceptively solid late pace figure in debut; more to come. Coach Got Soul displayed improved speed in first start since two-month layoff last out; very interesting. Arthur Avenue fired 5-furlong bullet for debut; follow the money.

SEVENTH: Hectors Pride makes first start since gelded and could be ideally positioned in the stalker’s seat. Midnight Trace is rested and could play out as the main speed on the rail with aggressive ride. Be a Hero drops and cuts back to sprint for Rudy Rodriguez; could easily take this.

EIGHTH: Hey Bro notched improved final fraction when a tough-trip third in last; call based on price potential. The Big Deluxe is riding a three-race winning streak; very dangerous. Little Distorted tallied swift internal and final numbers when a dominant winner in last; right in the thick of this. Here Sir, another last-race winner, must be factored into the mix in wide-open dash.

NINTH: Mr. Canada is fresh and can be effective from on or off the pace. Sourcesandmethods has finished second as the favorite in last two starts; continues trend? Uncle Duncan was a front-running winner in last and must be considered if able to escape AE list. Talk Time, another that needs scratches to get in, packs potnet late kick on best efforts. Lotza Heat drops and will offer fat ticket; don’t ignore.

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