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Steve Matthews’ Aqueduct selections for Sunday, Nov. 20



FIRST: Dark as Midnight fired crisp 5-furlong workout since last start; improvement predicted. Kabang cuts back to sprint and returns to dirt; amplified kick expected. Morse Code needed last and was a fast-figured second in debut at Big A last fall; very playable.

SECOND: Lady Paradime is training with a purpose for first start in 59 days; rates close call. Debbie’s Tude is speedy and could prove very tough on an unchallenged lead. Comet Sixty Two owns fast late-pace and final figures on best efforts.

THIRD: Always a Suspect logged swift final fraction when a clear-cut winner in last; more to come. Three to Thirteen also won last and could play out as the main speed on the fence. Breeze Burner, another that broke maiden in last, is fleet-footed and must be factored into the mix.

FOURTH: Metarus packs potent late wallop and is riding a forward line on the numbers; call based on price. Blame Jim gets confident price hike after convincing victory in last; very dangerous. Monster Mash owns three wins and three seconds in last six starts; logical, short-priced player.

FIFTH: Panama Papers has drilled three times since front-running third last month; more in the tank. Donwell gets Lasix after hard-charging third in debut; big-time threat. California Swing fired half-mile bullet since tough-trip fifth in same last race as top selection; worth long look.

SIXTH: Strawberry Tequila notched rapid late-pace figure when a handy maiden winner in last; pairs up. Kim Royale was a front-running winner in debut; very interesting. Filibustin has won both starts by a combined 13 lengths; must be factored into the mix.

SEVENTH: Richmond Street overcame plodding pace en route to clear-cut maiden score last out; tight work tab in the interim seals the deal. Manitoulin is fresh and owns fast final fractions; dangerous. Lucky Balladier ships in for Jersey-based barn after winning two of last three; very tempting. Harbor King’s speed gives him a puncher’s chance at a playable price.

EIGHTH: Loki’s Vengeance is training sharply for first start since July; rested and ready. Empire Dreams owns fast figures and should pack intensified kick at 7 furlongs. We Did tallied swift late-pace and final numbers when a determined winner in last; worth long look at long price.

NINTH: Two Hot Betty owns sprinter’s speed and projects as the controlling front-runner if able to escape AE list. Bernadiva, another that will need scratches to get into body of race, was a fast-figured third in last. Foreign Affair ran late in debut and could be aided by today’s added ground. Divine Miss Gray moves to grass after finishing a pole clear for second in debut; must be factored into the mix.


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