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Steve Matthews’ Aqueduct selections for Thursday, Feb. 18

Best Bet: GREYJOY (2)

Best Value: MIDNIGHT TRACE (7)

FIRST: Natalie Victoria was an easy winner in last and now makes first start since claimed by Rudy Rodriguez. More Than Rainbows owns sprinter’s speed and could prove very tough on an unchallenged lead. My Jimmy Chew Girl is a last-race winner that should offer generous price; don’t ignore.

SECOND: Greyjoy logged fast late pace figures in both inner-track starts; set for breakthrough. Evolution owns speed and makes first start since gelded; very dangerous. Afleet Martini tallied solid final numbers in both starts; right in the thick of this.

THIRD: Lunar Rover tallied crisp final fraction when winning last and now makes first start since claimed by Danny Gargan. Captain Moss is fleet-footed and fired half-mile bullet on Feb. 1; worth long look. Bridget’s Big Luvy owns swift numbers on best efforts; must consider.

FOURTH: Causeway Cutie makes third start of form cycle after two-move fourth in last; call based on price potential. Egyptian Rose is rested, adds blinkers and could play out as the controlling speed. Voided Contract has failed at short odds in all three starts; you’ve been warned.

FIFTH: Justenuffdior was compromised by soft splits when a better-than-it-looks third in last; more to come. Zoetic bested top selection by more than two lengths when capitalizing on slow fractions on Jan 17; vulnerable favorite? Make Your Point runs late in sprints and could be aided by today’s longer trip.

SIXTH: Jubilant Vision is riding a forward line on the numbers and now gets rider upgrade; 6-furlong work on Feb. 7 seals the deal. Mrs. Hudson consistently logs swift numbers; dangerous. Prairie Stone owns fast back figures; competitive if all is well.

SEVENTH: Midnight Trace owns swift internal numbers and could play out as the dominant front-runner in wide-open field. Easy Comparison makes quick return for new barn after confident victory just 12 days ago; very dangerous. Point Hope is fresh and more than good enough on ‘A’ game.

EIGHTH: Full of Mine tallied deceptively fast late pace figure in NY-bred stake on New Year’s Eve and now makes first start since gelded; three tight works for return is the clincher. Brimstone was a fast-figured, front-running winner in last; could easily pair up victories. Here Comes Tommy consistently delivers strong efforts and must be factored into the mix if able to escape AE list.

NINTH: Double Mane overcame bad start when a much-improved third in last start; bullet drill in the interim seals the deal. Whodattcat is rested and could prove very tough on an unchallenged lead; very playable. Rahy’s Bandit bested ‘Cat’ by nearly four lengths when a strong second on Dec. 18; developing and dangerous. Bustin Aces owns speed and starts from the fence; must consider.


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