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Steve Matthews’ Aqueduct selections for Sunday, March 13

Best Bet: FLEET FIRST (3)

Best Value: INDYCOTT (8)

FIRST: North Slope plunges but logged five tight works since last start; timid call. City Steel can prove very tough on a soft lead. Marriage Fever hails from suddenly-live Joe Imperio barn; don’t ignore.

SECOND: Gumpster stable entry: Mastic was a determined winner just 10 days ago and mate Cow Catcher drops to class levels; potent pairing. Porcia’s speed must be respected. Darnley owns three wins on the inner track; must consider.

THIRD: Fleet First logged fast final fraction when winning last and fired 5-furlong bullet in the interim. Beautyinthepulpit was a hard-charging winner at this level in last; big-time threat. Pretension folded in last but owns fast back figures; dangerous on ‘A’ game.

FOURTH: Super Allison exits hard-charging second in last and hails from streaking Carlos Martin; more to give. Hottie Potati was a front-running second in key race last time; very dangerous. Nick’s Funnybone is fleet-footed and must be factored into the mix.

FIFTH: Lady Chocolotta has trained with a purpose since clear-cut maiden score on Jan. 17; call based on price. Always Sarah tallied lone victory the first time she touched the winterized oval; 5-furlong bullet on March 6 adds to appeal. Bi Light of Day holds sharp current condition and makes peak start of form cycle.

SIXTH: Guyana Cat should have been awarded top honors when interfered with near wire last time; rights the wrong today. Cozze Cat exits sprints and may play out as the controlling front-runner. Chubby Master has the benefit of the fence and hails from Rudy Rodriguez barn; must consider. Core Portfolio is a logical, short-priced player.

SEVENTH: Enduring Touch is riding a two-race winning streak and fired half-mile bullet on Wednesday. Awesome News is speedy and could prove very tough on a soft lead. Sweetrayofsunshine makes first start for David Jacobson after being claimed in SoCal last month; could easily take this.

EIGHTH: Indycott tallied swift late pace figure when a determined winner in first start on inner track; more to give. Stormin Moracho is speedy starts from the fence; big-time threat. Madefromlucky failed to beat a runner in the Donn last time; dangerous on best. Turco Bravo packs a potent late kick on ‘A’ game.

NINTH: Riot Worthy notched improved late pace figure when second in last. Heygirlleturselfgo was a front-running second in debut; very dangerous. Bag of Tricks is training with a purpose for first start since July; worth long look. True Charm made forward move in second career start; don’t ignore.

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