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Here is today’s opening race from Aqueduct to get the day off to a good start:
Analysis: Swiss Tart set the early fractions and getting caught inside the final furlong, beaten just a neck against $16,000 non-winners of three or a race since Jan. 1. The five year old caught a racing strip that was playing to outside stalkers and closers that day. The fourth place finisher Poppa's Pick came back to beat restricted $12,500 foes in his next outing on April 13. He steps into open company here but looks like a good fit and does not need to move forward all that much off his last effort to be a player in this spot.
Chasing Moonlight drops into a softer spot here after checking in third last out against $25,000 starter optional claimers. The winner of the race was Shotgun City, who came back to beat restricted $35,000 claimers in his next outing on April 11. The gelding earned figs two and three back that are good enough to win here. Two back he beat $16,000 non-winners of three or four year olds on the inner track here. The gelding owns a solid pace profile throughout and figures to bounce back with a better effort here.
WIN: #3 to win at 5-2 or better.
EX: 3,6 / 3,4,6
TRI: no play
Analysis: Charlie's Quest returns off a seven week break after running second at Philly versus Alw-2 optional claimers. The seventh place finisher Dilatory exited the race to beat Alw-2 optional claimers in his next start at Penn. The gelding adds blinkers here and looks well spotted facing starter optional claimers here. The RRod trainee has landed in the exacta in five of seven trips at the distance.
Readthebyline set the early fractions and weakened to finish fourth last out against Alw-1 foe going a mile on the inner track. Two back the gelding took the field gate to wire to beat state bred Alw-2 optional claimers. He owns a good edge in early and mid pace numbers and with the rail draw and the bug aboard he may prove tough to catch if he is able to shake loose early.
WIN: #5 to win at 8-5 or better.
EX: 1,5 / 1,3,5
TRI: no play
These are price plays for exotic players looking to find a couple of extra contenders to use in their trifecta and superfecta wagers. Or for those with smaller bankrolls, you might want to get in a small win-place wager.
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