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Steve Matthews’ Aqueduct selections for Sunday, March 5


Best Value: PICTURE DAY (4)

FIRST: Congarees Key is riding a forward line on the numbers and will offer fat ticket; throw deep in weak opener. Melodramatic Miss has finished second at odds-on in last two starts; you’ve been warned. Secret Eden displayed improved speed in last; dangerous.

SECOND: Peaches and Spice was pace and position compromised when a game second in last; rail draw seals the deal. Verdant Pastures exits front-running maiden win in last; very dangerous. Cha Cha Heels needed last and gets class drop; right in the thick of this.

THIRD: Robbins was an even fourth in last after earning fast late-pace figure when third in previous start; rebounds today. Glennrichment bested top selection by more than two lengths when a game second on Feb. 5; very dangerous. Your Secret’s Safe is training sharply for first start since November; right in the thick of this.

FOURTH: Picture Day tallied swift final fraction when a dominant winner in last; pairs up. Sabrina Ballerina is fleet-footed and will prove very tough on an unchallenged lead. Hold On Momma was a determined winner in most recent; must respect.

FIFTH: Wingman adds blinkers and compiled tight work tab for first start since December; breakthrough effort predicted. Acoustic was a fast-figured second in last; easily could take this. Bunyaan makes third start since yearlong layoff; worth long look. Super Psyche packs potent late kick on best efforts.

SIXTH: Rockford owns a sit-and-pounce style that could be well served in small but contentious field. Mewannarose was a front-running winner in last and may play out as the main speed once again. Old Upstart could impact if fractions get fast and furious.

SEVENTH: Nominal Dollars was victimized by slow splits and wide trip in last; takes this on “A” effort. Lord Commander owns speed and fast figures but has failed at odds-on in last two starts; must take the good with the bad. In Equality was an ultra-game second in last; right in the thick of this.

EIGHTH: Storm Petrel was speed sharpened in sprint last time and projects as the controlling front-runner at a mile. Stroke Play is rested and owns fast back numbers; don’t dismiss. Maria Got Even drops after making mild rally in stateside debut; improvement expected.

NINTH: Bustin It gets class relief after succumbing to sizzling splits in NY-bred stake last out; softer flow today. John’s Island takes suspicious price plunge in first start since claimed; packs strong late wallop on best efforts; demand value. Little Popsie is fleet-footed and logged three of his four career wins on inner track; very interesting.

TENTH: Promise Me Tiz was a much-improved second last Sunday; more to come. Late Night Kiss failed when favored in last at Parx but is more than good enough on best efforts. My Ekati Cat returns to dirt and drops to lifetime low; worth long look. No Me Tocques made forward move on the numbers last time and adds blinkers; price will be tempting.

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