Saturday’s Grade 1, $1 million TwinSpires.com Wood Memorial shapes up to be a tremendous race. Samraat and Uncle Sigh, who exit a pair of thrilling battles in the Grade 3 Gotham and Grade 3 Withers, are the most accomplished members of the 11-horse field, and there is an exciting new face in the form of the unbeaten Social Inclusion, who will make his stakes debut following a pair of runaway wins at Gulfstream Park.
The $500,000 Carter H. (G1) will also take place on the big Saturday card and has some fine performers lining up for this test. Grade 1 winner Strapping Groom won his last two races, including the Tom Fool H. (G3) last time, and the Jacobson trainee will be a major player in this field. The seven-year-old son of Johannesburg has run first or second in all four lifetime races on this main oval, and his form is very sharp leading up to this.
Sophomore fillies on the Kentucky Oaks Trail will go nine panels in the $300,000 Gazelle S. (G2). Eight three-year-old lasses are likely for this wide open field, led by Todd Pletcher’s Got Lucky, who was a decent second to the mighty Untapable last time at Fair Grounds. This blue-blood ran a big second in the Demoiselle S. (G2) in her lone try on this oval and she has plenty of upside for the top barn on the coast.
Havana might return to the races in the $300,000 Bay Shore S. (G3), and if the very talented son of Dunkirk does, the race will go through him. Schiaverelli, Oliver Zip, Loki’s Vengeance, Financial Mogul and Kobe’s Back, are among the top threats to the likely favorite.
2014 G1 $1,000,000 TwinSpires.com Wood Memorial Stakes Information (Click here for FREE TwinSpires.com Wood Memorial PP’s courtesy of Brisnet.com)
Date: Saturday, April 5
Where: Aqueduct Racetrack, Ozone Park, Queens, New York
Post Time: 5:40pm ET/2:40pm PT
TV: NBC Sports Network from 5:30 – 7:00 p.m ET
Distance: 1 1/8 Mile Dirt
Conditions: FOR THREE-YEAR-OLDS
TwinSpires.com Wood Memorial Stakes wagering may include: Exacta, Trifecta (.50), Super (.10), Pick 3 Races (10-12), Double Wagers
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Field and odds for the 2014 G1 $1,000,000 TwinSpires.com Wood Memorial
|1||Kid Cruz||3 C||L||123||Franco Manuel||Rice Linda|
|2||Wicked Strong||3 C||L||123||Maragh Rajiv||Jerkens James A.|
|3||Noble Moon||3 C||L r||123||Ortiz, Jr. Irad||Gyarmati Leah|
|4||Harpoon||3 C||L||123||Velazquez John R.||Pletcher Todd A.|
|5||Los Borrachos||3 C||L||123||Velasquez Cornelio H.||Mott William I.|
|6||Kristo||3 C||L||123||Garcia Martin||Sadler John W.|
|7||Schivarelli||3 C||L||123||Castellano Javier||Kenneally Eddie|
|8||Samraat||3 C||L||123||Ortiz Jose L.||Violette, Jr. Richard A.|
|9||Effinex||3 C||123||Montanez Rosario||Smith David J.|
|10||Uncle Sigh||3 C||L||123||Nakatani Corey S.||Contessa Gary C.|
|11||Social Inclusion||3 C||L||123||Contreras Luis||Azpurua Manuel J.|
TwinSpires.com Wood Memorial Day Wagering Options:
|Race||Post Time||Wagering Menu|
|1||1:00||W-P-S, EX, TRI, SPR, DD, P3 P5|
|2||1:30||W-P-S, EX, TRI, SPR, DD, P3, P4, QUI|
|3||2:00||W-P-S, EX, TRI SPR, DD, P3|
|4||2:31||W-P-S, EX, TRI, SPR, DD, P3, QUI|
|5||3:02||W-P-S, EX, TRI, SPR, DD, P3|
|6||3:33||W-P-S, EX, TRI, SPR, DD, P3|
|7||4:04||W-P-S, EX, TRI, SPR, DD, P3, P6|
|8||4:35||W-P-S, EX, TRI, SPR, DD, P3, P4*|
|9||5:06||W-P-S, EX, TRI, SPR, DD, P3, P4|
|10||5:40||W-P-S, EX, TRI, SPR, DD, P3|
|11||6:14||W-P-S, EX, TRI, SPR DD|
|12||6:45||W-P-S, EX, TRI, SPR|
Trifecta Wagering on all races that qualify
Minimum five betting interests carded.
Superfecta Wagering on all races that qualify
Minimum six betting interests carded. No entries or fields.
*The $500,000 All Graded Stakes Guaranteed Late Pick 4
- Races 8: Bay Shore (G3)
- Race 9: Gazelle (G2)
- Race 10: Wood Memorial (G1)
- Race 11: Carter Handicap (G1)