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Steve Matthews’ Aqueduct selections for Thursday, Nov. 17

Best Bet: OUT OF TROUBLE (7)

Best Value: SHOW GIANT (6)

FIRST: Iridium adds blinkers and projects as the main speed with aggressive ride. Summer of Joy logged three tight works since clear-cut placing in last; very dangerous. Hostilebutawesome should move forward with race under belt.

SECOND: Indycott drops and makes peak start of form cycle after logging improved pace figure in last; breakthrough predicted. Stormin Monarcho was a determined, front-end winner in last; big-time threat. Praetereo is right in the thick of this on “A” game.

THIRD: Muselet tallied solid final fraction when third in debut and has trained with a purpose in the interim. Kiss the Flag is another that’s worked sharply since last start; very interesting. Hawk Alley owns speed and could secure unchallenged lead in compact field.

FOURTH: H Man packs potent late kick and has won two of last three at Finger Lakes; ready for prime time. Manipulated returns to dirt and fired 3-furlong bullet on Friday; worth long look. Chico Grande is a front-running threat on best efforts; must be considered. Samadi Sky broke maiden in last; developing and dangerous.

FIFTH: Mobridge logged six tightly grouped drills since tenacious score on Sept. 16; call in contentious field. Glowing Ember owns sprinter’s speed and could play out as the quickest of the quick; price will be tempting. Blue Pigeon regressed in last after fast-figured third in previous start; rebound potential.

SIXTH: Show Giant is working swiftly and could get the early jump in soft N2L group. Mary Pray for Us owns a stalker’s style and could be ideally positioned if top selection hits the wall in the lane. Ametrine was a fast-figured, tough-trip third in last; easily could take this.

SEVENTH: Out of Trouble is fleet-footed, gets class relief and appears primed for bounce-back effort. Paz the Bourbon was a clear-cut winner in only grass start; very dangerous. Bree’s Got Heart switches to grass after two-move third in last; very interesting.

EIGHTH: Miss Amalita holds razor-sharp current condition and owns fast back figures. Fast Retailing is working consistently for first start since May; more than good enough on “A” game. Puca also owns swift numbers but has been sidelined for 18 months; demand value.

NINTH: Dark Gemini was pace and trip compromised when fourth in last; forward move predicted. Simon Kenton logged three sharp works since solid third in last; very playable. Jess I Am owns speed and will prove very tough on an uncontested lead. Naqafeer is riding an improving line on late-pace and final figures; worth long look.

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