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Steve Matthews’ Aqueduct selections for Thursday, Feb. 1

Best bet: RAPID ROUTE (6)

Best value: GREATREVIEWS (7)

FIRST: Alabama Bound drops and compiled three tight works last month; call in weak opener. Expressly also gets class relief and owns fast back numbers; dangerous. Preziosa owns speed in field that’s light on front-runners; worth long look.

SECOND: Ekhtibaar has trained sharply since fast-figured second last out; more to come. D’ambrosio has finished second in last two; logical, short-priced player. Unforeseeable fired 5-furlong bullet last week; could see him winning.

THIRD: I’m an Ocala Dude displayed improved kick when a clear-cut second in last; more to give. Buss the Bell is riding a forward line on the numbers; price will be tempting. The Chamo is fresh and logged ultragame placing in debut; don’t ignore.

FOURTH: Storm Prophet has won two in a row for Linda Rice; close call in small, but competitive field. Astounding is rested and owns fast numbers on best efforts. Admiral Blue fired a dud last time but is more than good enough on “A” game.

FIFTH: St. Augustine logged improved pace and final figures when third in last; forward move predicted. Racing Raven ran late in debut and could be aided by today’s additional furlong. Go Get the Munny compiled eye-catching work tab for debut; could get the money.

SIXTH: Rapid Route has worked three times and adds Lasix after logging improved internal numbers in last; set for breakthrough. City of Dreams won by more than four lengths when making first start on Big A soil in November; very dangerous. Caoimhe made sustained rally to break maiden last out; worth long look at long price.

SEVENTH: Greatreviews has trained sharply since determined maiden win in last; pairs up. Full House outworked 200 rivals in half-mile drill Jan. 11; very dangerous. Lion in Wait is speedy and rested; must be factored into the mix.

EIGHTH: Gentle Annie is riding a forward line on internal and final numbers; call based on price. Nyromaniac wheels back in a hurry after even sixth versus pricier on Saturday; worth long look. Northernstreetgal is 0-for-10 but owns fast back figures; must consider. Hug the Rail is improving and will offer fat ticket; juicy-priced exotics inclusion.

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