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Steve Matthews’ Aqueduct selections for Wednesday, Dec. 30

Best Bet: SEND IT IN (8)

Best Value: SOUTHERN UNION (4)

FIRST: Keen On Green owns fast back figures and should offer best price potential in weak opener. Fiery Cat was a front-running second in last; very dangerous. Annie Walker is 1-for-1 on inner track and now makes first start since claimed by Linda Rice; must consider.

SECOND: Gregg’s Beauty is rested and projects as the main speed on the rail. Back to Toga should pack enhanced kick with cutback to abbreviated sprint. Mia and Molly was a fast-figured second in lone dirt start; if chalk is your game.

THIRD: Saturday’s Charm could be ideally positioned in stalker’s seat in compact field. Rockford is speedy and has been first or second in last five starts; logical, short-priced player. Mordi’s Miracle could be in the garden spot if pace meltdown ensues.

FOURTH: Southern Union was a tough-trip sixth in debut and should be aided by today’s added ground. R F Burton is fresh and could play out as the controlling speed on the fence. Saratoga Sight has worked three times since failing to impact in debut; improvement expected.

FIFTH: Power Generation logged easy maiden score in last at Prx and is a good fit with locals at this level. Sound of Freedom owns very fast figures but plunges sharply in return from Kentucky; mixed message. Ima Wildcat is fleet-footed and could prove very tough on a soft lead.

SIXTH: Hit It Once More owns sprinter’s speed and could enjoy unchallenged lead in big field. Irish Filibuster makes dirt debut for Mike Maker; worth long look. Cause for Surprise was a fast-figured second in last; big-time player.

SEVENTH: Pierce’s Prize is speedy and rested and logged only win on inner track; controlling front-runner in big field. Repent Twice fired eye-catching, 5-furlong bullet on Saturday; big-time threat if fractions get fast and furious. Clifton Pleasure owns swift late pace figures on best efforts; must consider.

EIGHTH: Send It In tallied career-best pace and final figures when winning last and fired half-mile bullet last week; more to come. Pretension is speedy and owns three wins on inner track but has been sidelined since June; must take the good with the bad. Uncle Sigh bested top selection by a head when a determined winner on Nov. 7; must consider. Bass River Road almost always fires solid efforts; don’t ignore.

NINTH: Fakeittilumakeit displayed improved speed in last at Pen and should be aided by cutback to sprint and return to NY-bred ranks. Nobody Move was a clear-cut second when favored last time; very dangerous. Joey Cap is training with a purpose for first start in 94 days; right in the thick of this. Possetano Prince debuts for Linda Rice; follow the money.

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