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Steve Matthews’ Aqueduct selections for Thursday, Feb. 15

Best bet: RUN FOR JAMES (7)

Best value: LEX VEGAS (5)

FIRST: Sand Shark tallied rapid final fractions when a 13-length winner in last; pairs up. Christmas Sky is speedy and can prove very tough on a soft lead. Hexameter needed last and owns fast back figures; worth long look.

SECOND: Fillet of Sole failed to handle Gulfstream Park grass last time after top-figured win on GP main track in prior; rebounds with return to dirt. Proletariat is fleet-footed and should be tighter in second start since 10-month layoff; very playable. Lucky Town benefited from fast fractions to win last; vulnerable favorite today?

THIRD: American Lincoln has trained sharply since improved third in last; more to come. Holland Park owns field’s fastest figures but has burned more money than the Dow in both starts; you’ve been warned. Curlin’s New Moon lost a head bob for all the money last out; must be considered.

FOURTH: Loyal Heart gets confident price hike after convincing victory in last; keeps on giving. Soxy Ruby also climbs the claiming ladder after winning last; very dangerous. E Warfare is rested and owns fast numbers on “A” game.

FIFTH: Lex Vegas compiled five tightly grouped drills for first start since eight-week freshener; primed and ready. Westwood notched swift late-pace and final figures when winning by nearly three lengths last time; could easily take another. Still Krz owns fast numbers but shows light work tab for first start in 55 days; handle with care at short ticket.

SIXTH: Strong Side is speedy, rested and gets class relief; soft spot. Go Big Or Go Home gets confident price boost after ultra-game placing in last; very dangerous. Brilliant Scheme shows a work tab that culminated with 5-furlong bullet; could be the goods.

SEVENTH: Run for James ran away to an impressive 11-length win last time at Parx; ready for prime time. Testosterstone runs late and could be in the garden spot if pace meltdown ensues. Harlan Punch consistently delivers strong efforts; rail draw is added bonus.

EIGHTH: Queenofthechannel gets favorable cutback in distance and should pack amplified late kick in weak nightcap. Spinyatta is speedy and 2-for-2 at the distance; big-time player. Asian’s Way drops to lifetime low; must consider. Iwishirish was victimized by awkward start in last; right in the thick of this on best.

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