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Steve Matthews’ Aqueduct selections for Saturday, March 25

Best Bet: ZABAIONE (5)

Best Value: PROMISE ME TIZ (1)

FIRST: Promise Me Tiz made sustained rally when a last-to-first winner on March 5; more to come. Summer of Joy also won last start, but hails from Rudy Rodriguez barn and will offer much shorter price. Kissin Cassie has been idle since November but was a winner off the bench in October; very interesting.

SECOND: Schout Bay was pace and trip compromised when a solid second in last; rail draw seals the deal. The Undersheriff is speedy and can prove very tough on an unchallenged lead. Cats Landing was third as the favorite last time; short price once again.

THIRD: Sounds Delicious has yet to taste defeat in three starts; price won’t be yummy. Bluegrass Flag set solid fractions when a front-running second last time; dangerous. Wilburnmoney bested “Flag” by two lengths when winning last; right in the thick of this.

FOURTH: Ornato is fleet-footed and should get the early jump in bulky field. Southern Union is riding a forward line on pace and final numbers; very dangerous. Beneficial Risk should pack amplified late kick with cutback to 6 furlongs; price will be tempting.

FIFTH: Zabaione notched swift final fraction when winning last; pairs up. James Lane also won last and should be favorably positioned near the front; big-time threat. Papa Shot fires strong efforts with machine-like consistency; must consider.

SIXTH: Draxhall Woods owns a stalker’s style that should be well served in probable pace dynamics of contentious field. Saratoga Wildcat makes first start since returning to Rudy Rodriguez barn; more than good enough on “A” game. Marble Falls is speedy and starts from the fence; worth long look.

SEVENTH: Planet Trailblazer has made incremental improvement in all three lifetime starts; breakthrough effort predicted. Vilma tallied career-best number when an 11-length winner in first start on inner track; very dangerous. Bene took backward step in last after winning first two starts; must respect.

EIGHTH: Drama King has worked four times since late-running third in Hollies Hughes last month; rates close call in ultra-contentious field. Bust Another ships back to inner track after fast-figured win at Parx last out; very playable. Loki’s Vengeance grabbed short-lived lead in the stretch but wilted in Hollie Hughes last time; tighter in second start since two-month absence.

NINTH: Eighth Commandment gets confident price hike after improved fourth in last start; call based on price in wide-open nightcap. This Bird Can Sing has finished second in last two starts; continues trend? New York Bourbon makes first start since claimed after improved placing in last; dangerous. Grassmiss regressed in last start after logging a third and a second in previous two outings; must consider.


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