Steve Matthews’ Aqueduct selections for Saturday, Feb. 20
February 20, 2016 - garden totes
Best Bet: NOW WE ARE FREE (2)
Best Value: FIRST RANGER (7)
FIRST: Grace’s Joy was a definite second when a exile leader final time; call in wily opener. Stella Who dismissed half-mile bullet given displaying softened speed in last; building and dangerous. Sweet Peaches creates initial start with a maiden-claiming tag; contingency consider.
SECOND: Now We Are Free gets assured cost travel after hard-charging feat in last; pairs up. City Steel owns speed, quick figs and is training sharply; big-time player. C J’s Awesome won usually start on a middle oval; dangerous in initial start given claimed by Jason Servis. Real Estate Rich was eased final out after winning dual in a row; right in a thick of this if all is well.
THIRD: Clipthecouponannie has logged considerable wins in both starts; rates call formed on rail draw. Frosty Margarita owns 4 wins and 3 second in 7 starts; really dangerous. Wonderment bested ‘Frosty’ by scarcely dual lengths when a dynamic leader in entrance this past summer; right in a thick of this.
FOURTH: Brooklyn Major gets a meds after creation brazen pierce on gait and final total final time. Feets of Strength was finished in by gait vigour and prohibited fractions in debut; intensity categorical speed with further of blinkers. Aragonite should container clever late belt with cutback to 6 furlongs.
FIFTH: Towering Moon has lerned strongly given tallying quick final fragment when winning on Nov. 27; call in quarrelsome field. North Slope owns quick late gait total on best efforts; dangerous. Cerro was a fast-figured, front-running leader final time and now gets cost travel for new stable (not compulsory after sitting out ‘jail time’); critical player.
SIXTH: Cadeyrn adds blinkers and could secure unchallenged lead in massive field; half-mile bullet final week seals a deal. Daggerpoint tallied plain final fragment when a late-running third in last; big-time threat. Biaviian exits sprints, starts from a blockade and could be agreeably positioned nearby a front.
SEVENTH: First Ranger notched career-best gait figure in final and should pierce brazen in second start given seven-month layoff. Nevada Kid drops and owns quick behind numbers; some-more than good adequate if all is well. Buckleberry Grey could be in a garden mark if fractions get quick and furious.
EIGHTH: Lucky Lotto tallied softened late gait figure in final and owns field’s many wins on winterized oval. Longfor a City is speedy, owns quick numbers and starts from a fence; could simply take this. Mills could be a primary customer if gait meltdown ensues. Best Play has been idle given winning dual in a quarrel on middle oval in December; right in a thick of this.
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NINTH: Power Nap unleashed absolute late flog to win last; half-mile bullet on Feb. 11 is a clincher. Here Sir tallied clever efforts in dual starts on middle track; really dangerous. Possilicious consistently earns quick inner and final numbers; big-time player. Furyofthenorsemen should container extended late punch with cutback to sprint.
TENTH: Fleeting Gold gets Lasix after besting a next-out leader when second during 61-1 in debut; luscious cost once again. Hopper Dropper is roving an improving line on gait and final figures; really playable. Gaming regressed in final start after fast-figured fixation in prior; bounce-back threat. Croke Park is one of 6 newcomers in this field; stay tuned to receptacle and track.