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Steve Matthews’ Aqueduct selections for Saturday, March 4


Best Value: FAIR REGIS (4)

FIRST: Brewing fired 5-furlong bullet on Feb. 21 and projects as the main speed in first start since August. Risetotheoccasion wheels back in a hurry after fast-figured win this past Sunday; very dangerous. Metaurus should pack amplified late wallop with cutback to 6 furlongs; worth long look.

SECOND: Balac was a swift-numbered second at this level in last; more to come. Southern Gentleman was victimized by wide trip in last; worth long look at long price. Beneficial Risk would be aided by fast fractions.

THIRD: Annie Rocks tallied rapid late-pace figure when a clear-cut winner in last; call based on price potential. Highway Star is training sharply for first start since 50-day freshener; dangerous. Isabelle owns speed and fast numbers; logical, short-priced player.

FOURTH: Fair Regis adds blinkers and gets Lasix after hard-charging third in debut; more to give. This Bird Can Sing was a front-running second in last; speedy threat. Groton St Scout was a game second in last after solid third in previous start; next step the winner’s circle.

FIFTH: Too Wild to Repent fired 3-furlong bullet since fast-closing third in last; “foundation” on the numbers seals the deal. Two Times Book is fleet-footed and could prove very tough on a soft lead. Mr Curiosity also is quick from the gate but will offer short price; mixed message.

SIXTH: Planet Trailblazer tallied swift final fraction when second to a much-the-best winner in last; continues forward progression. Shuffle Up owns sprinter’s speed and could capitalize on unchallenged lead in first route start. Bene regressed in last start after winning first two outings; rebound potential.

SEVENTH: Story to Tell owns fast figures and is training swiftly for Rudy Rodriguez. Alright Alright is riding a three-race winning streak for David Jacobson; big-time threat. Furyofthenorsemen was a determined winner in last at Laurel; don’t dismiss.

EIGHTH: El Areeb has visually and numerically impressed in winning last four starts; more to come. J Boys Echo was pace and trip compromised after starting from tough post when third to top selection in the Withers; very interesting from the rail. Cloud Computing overcame poor start to win debut for Chad Brown; must consider.

NINTH: Sir Maurice took backward step in last after solid-numbered fourth in previous start; rebounds in weak nightcap. Storm the Shore took advantage of slow splits when a front-end maiden winner in last; vulnerable at short ticket? Guyana Cat can impact if pace meltdown ensues. Only You is competitive on best efforts.

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