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Steve Matthews’ Aqueduct selections for Wednesday, Dec. 7

Best Bet: HARD STUDY (2)

Best Value: DREAM ON (7)

FIRST: Jacqueline D owns and speed and is training sharply for first start since July; call in weak opener. Salori’s Bank fired 3-furlong bullet since second to a much-the-best winner in last; dangerous. Wish Upon should improve with race under belt; don’t ignore.

SECOND: Hard Study logged fast final fraction when breaking maiden in last; more to come. Foreset is fleet-footed and will prove very tough on a soft lead. Battle Midway and Mid Ocean both wheel back quickly after winning last week; each must be considered.

THIRD: Andale Julia was compromised by poor start in last after useful fifth in debut; forward move predicted. Beautiful Nite Sky regressed in last after solid efforts in previous two starts; rebound threat. Robin’s Destiny gets Lasix after late-running fourth in debut; worth long look.

FOURTH: A.P. Cino tallied swift final fraction when a hard-charging second in last and owns faster back figures. Our Caravan consistently logs fast numbers; dangerous. Picozza drops and returns to dirt; very interesting.

FIFTH: Urbanity has trained sharply since determined win in October; pairs up. Victoria’s Fire ships in from Finger Lakes and is speedy and riding a six-race winning streak; very dangerous. Here Comes Rosie took backward step in last after fast-figured third two starts back; rebound threat.

SIXTH: Sea Pebble gets class relief and owns rapid back numbers; bounces back today. If You Believe makes first start for David Jacobson after breaking maiden in last at Santa Anita; big-time, front-end threat. Mary Pray for Us is fresh and could be ideally positioned in the stalker’s seat.

SEVENTH: Dream On logged career best late-pace figure when a convincing winner in last; more to give. Fire Key is fleet-footed and makes first dirt start; don’t ignore. Unrepented owns sprinter’s speed and could prove very tough on an unchallenged lead.

EIGHTH: Boss Lady Platinum compiled eye-catching workout slate for first start since April; primed and ready. Katie Ice is speedy and makes third start of form cycle; dangerous. Justenufflaughter is rested and would be aided by pace meltdown; price will be tempting. Bust bounced in last after game third in previous start; bounce-back potential.


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