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Steve Matthews’ Aqueduct selections for Wednesday, Nov. 30


Best Bet: ONLY YOU (3)

Best Value: MISS AMALITA (7)

FIRST: Control Group logged two 5-furlong works since fast-figured second in last; more to come. Carradine has earned swift numbers in both starts; dangerous. Silky Way moves to dirt after much-improved placing on turf last time.

SECOND: Ducasa is speedy and makes first start since claimed by Rudy Rodriguez. Aix En Provence could be ideally positioned in the stalker’s seat if top selection hits the wall in the lane. Star of the Forest owns competitive numbers on best efforts.

THIRD: Only You drops, adds blinkers and projects as the controlling speed with aggressive ride. Gorelli owns fast back numbers and makes first start with maiden-claiming tag; worth long look. Read the Dream was a clear-cut second to a runaway winner in last; dangerous.

FOURTH: Tea and Cricket drops two price levels and owns swift figures on “A” effort. Joywave makes first start since claimed by David Jacobson; very playable. Howlin Mad Smith should move forward in second start since seven-month layoff.

FIFTH: Otto regressed in last after determined win in previous start; rebounds. Cordero was third in blanket finish with repeat winner in last; very dangerous. Mr. Magic is a front-running threat on best races.

SIXTH: Castaway was a strong second in last and should have more to give in second start since three-month absence. Frazil is a rested 10-year-old gelding with 21 wins; easily could add another. Onecats Chance makes quick return (was fifth last Wednesday) and drops; right in the thick of this.

SEVENTH: Miss Amalita is 2-for-4 on Big A loam and gets favorable cutback to sprint; call based on price. Avery Maeve has won two straight on turf for streaking Dave Cannizzo barn; very playable. Princessofthieves also has won two in a row on grass and could play out as the controlling speed; must consider.

EIGHTH: Backsideofthemoon has worked four times since useful fifth in last; improvement predicted. Matt King Coal is fleet-footed and training sharply for first start since April; big-time danger. Three Alarm Fire was speed sharpened in last; late-running threat on best.

NINTH: It Must Be Nice drops, goes turf to dirt and should pack amplified wallop in sprint. Margarita Sunrise is speedy and can prove very tough on a soft lead. Flux Capacitor runs late and additional sixteenth could play to strength. Anthony the Saint adds blinkers and should improve with race under belt.


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