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Steve Matthews’ Aqueduct selections for Sunday, Dec. 11

Best Bet: ISABELLE (7)

Best Value: MISS AMALITA (3)

FIRST: Altesino is firing bullets and projects as the main speed with aggressive ride. Oh So Sinister wheels back in a hurry after game placing on Thursday. Chosen One Elijah should be aided by cutback to 7 furlongs. The Orphan Miracle could impact if pace meltdown ensues.

SECOND: Saritta returns to dirt after tough-trip third in last; call based on price potential. Milaya is fresh and owns fast figures on “A” efforts. Tiz Twice exits determined win on grass last time; right in the thick of this.

THIRD: Miss Amalita owns sprinter’s speed and could capitalize on soft lead in small field. Wembley has trained with a purpose since earning improved pace figure in last start; more to come. Daisy Cutter packs potent late kick and could cut them all down in the lane.

FOURTH: Deserted ships in from Parx and owns solid late-pace figures on best efforts. Tiznow’s Smile was a top-figured second in last; bounces today? My Girl Annie has trained sharply since clear-cut second in debut; must consider.

FIFTH: Shadow Rider makes peak start of form cycle and owns solid back numbers; breakthrough predicted. Skill Not Luck also makes third outing since layoff and hails from potent turf-to-dirt barn; worth long look. Blue Pigeon is speedy and will offer fat ticket; nice combination.

SIXTH: Guyana is training sharply for first start since June for capable layoff barn (Gary Contessa); rates close call. Abounding Spirit has won three of last four at Finger Lakes; very dangerous. Magsamelia is speedy and starts from the fence; very interesting.

SEVENTH: Isabelle is 2-for-4 on the inner track and can win from on or off the pace. First Service owns speed and notched three wins and two seconds in last five starts; big-time player. Kathy’s Humor could be ideally positioned in the stalker’s seat; price will be tempting.

EIGHTH: She’s Had Enough drops and sheds the blinkers after displaying improved speed in last; call in weak nightcap. Jetsam Six makes first start since claimed by Rudy Rodriguez; easily could take this. Worthwhile makes first start with maiden-claiming tag; don’t ignore. Hostilebutawesome makes first start since moving to streaking stable; must be factored into the mix.

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