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Mike’s Free Selections for Sunday April 23:
Aqueduct Race 5 Md $25,000 (3:38 ET)
- No.7 Desert Affair 7-2
- No.2 New York Bourbon 5-1
- No.3 Party Mint Star 10-1
- No.6 No Lunks 3-1
Desert Affair dueled for the early lead, opened up a clear lead and got run down late in a runner up finish last out in the slop going a mile as the 4-5 beaten chalk. The filly cuts back to seven panels which should suit her. She was a good second two back at is level going six furlongs. She is out of a Cryptoclearance mare that has dropped four winners, top earner stakes winner Royal Posse ($1 million).
New York Bourbon stalked the early pace and did not have enough punch left late in a fourth place finish for a $40,000 tag last out in her first start off the claim by the Levine barn. She is back in for $25,000 while adding blinkers and lasix. She was a good second at this level two back. She figures to move forward in her second start for this barn.
WIN: 7 to win at 3-1 or better.
EX: 2,7 / 2,3,6,7
TRI: 2,7 / 2,3,6,7 / 2,3,6,7,8
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Last Updated Saturday, April 22, 2017