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Steve Matthews’ Aqueduct selections for Thursday, Feb. 25

Best Bet: NUBIN RIDGE (8)

Best Value: JACKSON P (5)

FIRST: Southern Gentleman wheels back in a hurry after game placing in debut on Feb. 15; more to give. Dr Luber’s Kiss has finished second in last two starts; continues trend? Laugh Love Live should improve in second start; don’t ignore.

SECOND: Kitai gets confident class hike after clear-cut placing in last; call based on price. Froyo Star makes peak start of form cycle and owns fast figures; very dangerous. Jemmabelle was a game second in last outing; right in the thick of this.

THIRD: Conquest Kronos tallied improved late pace figure when a strong second in last; more to come. Awesome Bill owns positional speed and gets class relief; very playable. Hushhushmushmush loves to pickup minor checks; handle with care at short ticket.

FOURTH: Amoral has logged swift numbers in both starts; paltry price is the problem. Aegis concluded work tab with 5-furlong bullet; very interesting. Joy Drive is another picked up the tempo in final drill; follow the money.

FIFTH: Jackson P owns speed and compiled tight work slate for first start since gelded; set for best. Liberty First looms the prime beneficiary if pace meltdown ensues. Dean Verdille was freshened after front-running score on Jan. 2; worth long look.

SIXTH: Sidney’s Success makes quick return and drops after tough trip just 10 days ago; added ground should play to strength. Night Madam drops to lifetime low and owns fast final fractions on best efforts. Queens Tiara owns sprinter’s speed and should be favorably positioned near the front.

SEVENTH: Bellarmine gets class relief regressing in last two starts; rebounds today. Naravez exits sprints and could play out as the controlling speed with aggressive ride. Mordi’s Miracle was an ultra-game second in last start; right in the thick of this.

EIGHTH: Nubin Ridge notched fast final fraction when a hard-charging winner in last; rates call in contentious dash. Mewannarose tallied sizzling pace and final figures when a strong second in Grade 3 Toboggan; very playable. West Hills Giant was compromised by wide trip in last; price will be tempting.

NINTH: Interior Secretary was second to a runaway winner last out; call in wide-open nightcap. Think was just a half-length behind top selection after doing the dirty work up front; dangerous. Chosen One Elijah gets favorable cutback after displaying new-found speed less than two weeks ago; worth long look at long price. Drive At Nite should pack enhanced kick with cutback to 6 furlongs.

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