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Steve Matthews’ Aqueduct selections for Sunday, Jan. 17

Best Bet: MALIBU STACY (4)

Best Value: TOUCHDOWN (9)

FIRST: Back to Toga never got involved after rough start last time; call in ultra-weak opener. Double Mane owns speed and drops; worth long look. Valerie’s Spirit would be aided by pace meltdown.

SECOND: Zoetic logged clear-cut score the first time she touched the inner strip; more to come. My JImmy Chew Girl drops and makes third start of form cycle; dangerous. Punkin’s Pride was a game second in last; logical, short-priced player.

THIRD: Kalabaka tallied swift final fraction when a hard-charging winner in first start on winterized oval; overlay potential. Constellation owns speed, fast figs and is training with a purpose for first start in eight weeks; paltry price is the problem. Clipthecouponannie lived up to heavy tote support when a ‘geared down’ winner in debut; very dangerous.

FOURTH: Malibu Stacy is riding a forward line on the numbers and fired half-mile bullet last week. White Hart Lane has worked four times since useful fifth in debut; improvement expected. Anydayismyday should benefit from cutback to sprint.

FIFTH: Majestic Jessica was an even third in last and owns fast back numbers; forward move predicted. Ducasa bested top selection by nearly a length when second as the favorite in last; be no surprise. Moondance Joy compiled tight work tab for first start in 85 days; price will be tempting.

SIXTH: Sharon Spagetti is rested and packs a potent late kick on ‘A’ game; rates close call. Saluda logged swift internal and final figures when winning last; could easily take another. My Super Nova logged three, crisp half-mile works for first start in 45 days; right in the thick of this on best efforts.

SEVENTH: Forty Nine Watts drops after being victimized by wide trip in last; rates close call. Maximus Mike was compromised by soft splits when a better-than-it-looks fourth in last; very playable at fat ticket. Jacobson entry: Unstoppable U delivers strong efforts with machine-like consistency and mate Petrocelli can prove very tough on an unchallenged lead; potent pairing.

EIGHTH: Drama King notched career-best late pace figure when a determined winner in last start; tight work tab for return seals the deal. Special Ops is rested and hails from potent layoff barn (Christophe Clement); dangerous. Sioux was a tough-trip fifth when favored in last; must consider.

NINTH: Touchdown gets class relief after making middle move and flattening in last; breakthrough predicted. Chief Assignment regressed in last after fast-figured win in prior; rebound potential. Promise and Hope makes first start since claimed after delivering strong efforts in last two starts; dangerous. Howie’s Tiz owns fast numbers and compiled solid work slate for first start since April; must respect.

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