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Steve Matthews Aqueduct selections for Saturday, March 26

Best Bet: MOONDANCE JOY (1); Best Value: MAMBO AT THE GYM (7)

FIRST: Moondance Joy notched swift final fraction when a convincing winner in last; pairs up. Zippity Zoom was a fast-figured second in last; dangerous. Golden Gem logged three works since finishing second to a much-the-best winner in last; must consider.

SECOND: Sixbits compiled three tight works since even sixth in last; call in weak field. Snowfly makes peak start of form cycle after improved third in last; more to give. Greyscale makes first start with maiden-claiming tag; don’t ignore.

THIRD: Constellation owns speed and fast figures; small price in small field. Takrees could be in the garden spot if pace meltdown ensues. Anydayismyday was a determined maiden winner in last; don’t dismiss.

FOURTH: Petrocelli logged two, crisp half-mile works since fast-paced fourth in last; more to give. Divine Child runs late and looms prime beneficiary if top selection hits the wall in the lane. Day of Fury drops two price levels after well-beaten fourth in last; damaged goods?

FIFTH: Overcontrol was done in by fast, pressured pace in last; tighter today. Ideal Quality was clear-cut second in last two starts and could be ideally positioned in the stalker’s seat. Norm the Giant can pick up the pieces if fractions get fast and furious.

SIXTH: At Guard displayed late interest when third in debut and hails from potent second-out stable. Hot Squad owns fast final numbers but has disappointed repeatedly at short odds; proceed with caution. Spring On Curlin is firing bullets for debut; tote activity should provide final piece to puzzle.

SEVENTH: Mambo At the Gym was pace and position compromised last time; primed for breakthrough in fourth start since nine-month layoff. Gold Hawk was second to a repeat winner in last; very dangerous. Hunt’s Road bested top selection by more than four lengths last out but may have been aided by soft flow; handle with care at short ticket.

EIGHTH: Geaux Mets logs fast figures with machine-like consistency. Uncharted Course was a swift-numbered, front-end winner in last; very playable. Bass River Road also was a winner in last and owns faster back numbers; right in the thick of this.

NINTH: Naughty Grace bested a next-out winner when a tough-trip second in last; call in weak nightcap. She Is My Hero displayed newfound speed in last; developing and dangerous. Double Mane wheels back in a hurry after even third last Sunday; must consider. Lil Renegade has finished second in last two starts; must consider. Mary’s in Utopia needed last and could show significant improvement in second start since eight-month layoff.

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