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Steve Matthews' Aqueduct selections for Thursday, Dec. 20

Best bet: CREA'S BKLYN LAW (3)

Best value: THEFINALCRAZYDUDE (8)

FIRST: Short Kakes loves the Big A main track and is training with a purpose for first start since June. Playinwithebigboys needed last and packs potent kick on best efforts. Hailey's Flip ships in for high-percentage, Maryland-based barn; don't ignore.

SECOND: Iona Mobe compiled solid work tab for first start in five months; "A" effort takes this. Franknjymme regressed in last after fast-figured fifth in prior; bounce-back threat. Miracle Hill was an even third in well-bet debut; must consider.

THIRD: Crea's Bklyn Law tallied fast late-pace figure when drawing off by more than six lengths to win last; pairs up. Missle Bomb owns six wins and three seconds from last nine starts; be no surprise. Fuel the Bern, an impressive last-race winner, outworked 49 rivals in half-mile drill last week; right in the thick of this.

FOURTH: Discreet Mission has worked three times since hard-charging second in last; more to come. Foolish Ghost is quick from the gate and could prove to be a very tough customer on an unchallenged lead. New York Hero has won two in a row at Finger Lakes; must be factored into the mix.

FIFTH: Erlich fired two bullet works since ultra-game placing in last; more in the tank. Will Dancer is fresh, posted on the fence and could get the lead by default in field that's light on speed. Motagally has trained sharply since a solid third behind top selection on Nov. 10; worth long look.

SIXTH: My Girl Annie has drilled three times since handy score in last; takes another. Mo Flash is riding a two-race winning streak and is 3-for-4 on Big A loam; very dangerous. Smiles From Sadie owns a win and three seconds from last four starts; must consider.

SEVENTH: Three to Thirteen chased swift splits when a solid third in last; set for best in third start of form cycle. Hokulea makes quick return and owns fast late-pace figures on best efforts. Lion Sleeps is speedy and could capitalize on unchallenged lead.

EIGHTH: Thefinalcrazydude was a fast-figured, front-end winner in last; controlling speed once again. Latin Love Bug drew off by more than nine lengths when an eye-catching maiden winner in last; dangerous. D'ambrosio makes first start since claimed by Linda Rice; big-time player. Laura's Posse makes first start since gelded; right in the thick of wide-open nightcap.

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