Best bets from Aqueduct on Sunday

Nick Shiambouros heads back to Aqueduct with two Sunday selections…

Shinjuku to take opener

Race 1 18:20 Aqueduct – Shinjuku

Shinjuku should make his presence felt in this Maiden Special Weight on the main track.

This Japan colt finished third to Our Man Mike in a similar event over this course earlier this month. He was caught in a speed duel, but had a healthy lead at the entrance to the straight before weakening quickly. This was a decent effort and should improve if he can relax a little better. Trainer Horacio DePaz adds blinkers, and has a healthy 29% strike rate when adding headgear for the first time. BSP is recommended.

Mo Maverick the boss

Race 5 20:26 Aqueduct – Mo Maverick

Mo Maverick is my idea of the winner of this $40k optional claimer on the outer turf.

This gelding finished fifth to Renaisance Frolic at Gulfstream Park in February. He held every chance in the home straight, but failed to quicken when the chips were down. Trainer Mike Maker drops him in class and distance, which is a positive move. He has won three times over course and distance and the gifted Jose Ortiz has the riding assignment. His work tab is strong and should get back to winning ways at this level. BSP is recommended.