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Steve Matthews’ Aqueduct selections for Thursday, Dec. 1

Best Bet: ETHAN HUNT (4)


FIRST: Chomsky fired crisp half-mile drill for first start since 83-day layoff; call based on price potential. Blameiton Brooklyn needed last and should be tighter in second start since 15-month layoff. Whitegate was a willing second in last; right in the thick of this.

SECOND: Esther the Queen goes turf to dirt and route to sprint for barn that logs solid numbers with both moves; set for best. Coramoss also switches to main track and is 1-for-1 on Big A soil; very playable. Even Bette is another that returns to dirt and owns fast figures on best races.

THIRD: Late Night Kiss notched 3-furlong bullet since much-improved fourth in last start; more to come. Haveaniceweekend was a clear-cut second at this level in last; dangerous. Axe Capital is riding a forward line on the numbers; worth long look.

FOURTH: Ethan Hunt tallied improved pace and final numbers in last; more to give. Save the Tigers exits fast-figured third in last; big-time player. Discreet Encounter took backward step in last after making forward move on the numbers in previous three starts; bounce-back threat.

FIFTH: More Than Rainbows is fresh and projects as the speed of the speed with aggressive handling. Just Got Out gets confident price boost in first start since claimed; very interesting. My Savannah Belle owns fast numbers but shows light work tab and drops two price levels; fire sale? Doinwhatshelikes runs late and could be in the garden spot if pace meltdown ensues.

SIXTH: Steamroller gets the meds after speed and fade when favored in debut; tighter today. Small Bear has trained with a purpose since tough-trip eighth in debut; first-time gelding adds to appeal. Lunaire should be aided by cutback to sprint; right in the thick of this.

SEVENTH: Risetotheoccasion returns to dirt and owns swift back figures; call in contentious dash. Monster Mash delivers strong efforts with machine-like consistency; very dangerous. Metaurus packs potent late wallop on “A” efforts; price will be tempting. Draxhall Woods is competitive on best efforts.

EIGHTH: Celtic Chaos tallied improved late-pace figure in last and added sixteenth should play to strength. True Bet is speedy and could prove very tough on a soft lead. Ben Mondello entry: Hurry Up Alan owns two seconds in two starts on Big A loam and mate John’s Island packs potent late kick on best; don’t dismiss.

NINTH: Feets of Strength displayed improved speed when a two-move third in last; call in weak nightcap. Eleven Cent Fainor drops to lifetime low and makes first dirt start for Jason Servis; very dangerous. Mid Ocean could impact if fractions get fast and furious. Mark Twain is another that would benefit from hot pace.


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