Meet the Contenders: 2023 Wood Memorial
Meet the horses running in the 2023 Wood Memorial (G2) over 1 1/8 miles at Aqueduct on April 8. For each horse, we're listing a pro, a con, and a rating of potential. The star rating of 1 to 5 represents opportunity to perform well in the Wood Memorial.
#1 DREAMLIKE ***
Pro: Promising colt adds blinkers off fast second; speed may play favorably from rail.
Con: Maiden winless from two career starts.
#2 SHADOW DRAGON **
Pro: Holy Bull (G3) runner-up broke maiden at Aqueduct.
Con: Must rebound from dull effort, lower Speed figures.
#3 KNOX *
Pro: Exits improved runner-up effort.
Con: Probably needs easier competition.
#4 GENERAL BANKER **
Pro: Third in Gotham (G3), Withers (G3), and Jerome.
Con: Never serious factor in stakes placings, must continue to improve.
#5 SLIP MAHONEY ***
Pro: Bred to appreciate added ground, slow start hurt him in Gotham second.
Con: Best efforts at one-turn, gate issues a concern for maiden winner.
#6 CLEAR THE AIR – SCRATCHED
#7 ARCTIC ARROGANCE **
Pro: Withers runner-up never worse than second in six career starts.
Con: Gave way readily last time, speedy colt removes blinkers.
#8 LORD MILES *
Pro: Stakes-placed colt changes venues.
Con: No factor in Holy Bull and Tampa Bay Derby (G2).
#9 CRUPI *
Pro: Good head second to Slip Mahoney at Aqueduct two back.
Con: No speed and maiden may need easier to be effective.
#10 UNCLE JAKE ***
Pro: Smashing Laurel maiden winner will show speed.
Con: Stretches to two turns in tough spot.
#11 CLASSIC CATCH ***
Pro: Improving colt tries stakes off convincing allowance win.
Con: His Speed ratings must improve.
#12 MR. SWAGGER **
Pro: Tough trip in Gotham sixth for debut maiden winner.
Con: His inexperience and Speed figures are negative.
#13 HIT SHOW *****
Pro: Up-and-coming colt exits sharp score in Withers.
Con: Must overcome dreadful post.