Nick Shiambouros heads to Aqueduct with two selections from the Thursday card...
"Trainer Orlando Noda has had a slow start to the winter meeting but hopefully Control Group can get the job done"
Sweet Sneak to take opener
Sweet Sneak should go close in this $25k maiden claimer on the main track.
This filly finished fourth to Empress Luciana over this course last month. She made up a lot of ground in the straight and was not beaten all that far. The return to the mile distance is exactly what she needs and am expecting a big effort. Trainer George Weaver has a respectable 21% strike rate in maiden claiming races. Her work tab is solid, and should be more forwardly placed with the extra yardage. Anything around 3.55/2 will do.
Control Group to take charge
Control Group should prove difficult to beat in this $12.5k claimer on the main track.
This seven-year-old finished down the field behind Jerry the Nipper in a $40k optional claimer over this course earlier this month. He had a chance at the entrance to the straight but weakened quickly when the pace lifted. He won at the $25k level last October, and a reproduction of that effort would be more than good enough to take this. Trainer Orlando Noda has had a slow start to the winter meeting but hopefully Control Group can get the job done. BSP is recommended.
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2021 Overall -8.34
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