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Steve Matthews’ Aqueduct selections for Thursday, March 31


Best Value: KARENINA GAL (8)

FIRST: The Great Whiteway has won four of last five and now makes first start since claimed by Gary Gullo. The Silver Sniper is fresh and speedy; dangerous. Big Band Benny also is fleet-footed and was a fast-figured winner in last; right in the thick of this.

SECOND: Morethanjusthello drops, adds blinkers and fired 5-furlong bullet on March 23; forward move predicted. Mama’s Red Hot also gets class relief and makes peak start of form cycle. Pranzare gets favorable cutback in distance; don’t ignore.

THIRD: Strong Dude is riding a forward line on the numbers and rates call based on price potential. Congrats Kid logged four tight works for first start since claimed by Steve Asmussen; very dangerous. Ackerman Road needed last and will prove very tough on an unchallenged lead.

FOURTH: She’s All Even projects as the controlling speed with aggressive ride. Laura’s Patriot could be in the garden spot if top selection hits the wall in the lane. Yourcreditisgood was second to a repeat winner in last and also would be aided by pace meltdown.

FIFTH: Fenwick Hall is training consistently for first start since August and logged most recent win on Big A’s main track after a layoff. Make the Moment drops and owns fast back figures; very interesting. Splendid Gold regressed in last after fast-figured win in prior; bounce-back threat.

SIXTH: Dreamsdocometrue consistently earns the field’s fastest final figures. Union River should pack enhanced late kick with cutback to sprint.Evolution was a front-end winner in last; don’t ignore.

SEVENTH: Isabelle is fresh and can win from on or off the pace; tight work tab seals the deal. Literata has finished second in last two starts; continues trend? Perfect Freud is speedy, rested and will prove very tough on an unchallenged lead.

EIGHTH: Karenina Gal logged five tight works since even fifth in last start; improvement predicted. Valerie’s Spirit was second to a runaway winner at this level two starts back; very playable. Legend of Lorelei exits game third when favored in last; must consider. Spellchick gets rider upgrade and has ample room for improvement.

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