Wood Memorial Day…LIVE!

7:15 PM EDT

Well that’s a wrap for Wood Memorial day.  Eskendereya didn’t disappoint in any way as he absolutely crushed the Wood Memorial field by over nine lengths.  He is going to be a clear favorite in the Kentucky Derby and deservedly so as his last two efforts have been nothing short of spectacular.  None of his peers have been able to match his speed or stamina and little of what we’ve seen by the rest of this 3YO crop leads me to believe that any horse will go into the Derby on the same plateau as Eskendereya.  Now, whether he runs into any trouble in the race itself or if there are other mitigating factors is a different issue altogether. 

It was nice to see Warrior’s Reward get his first graded stakes win in the Carter.  His trainer, Ian Wilkes, has always believed this guy was an upper echelon performer and his faith was rewarded as he won a narrow photo from Musket Man.  Both may meet in the Churchill Downs Handicap on Kentucky Derby day at seven panels.

Eightyfiveinafifty erased the bad memories of a brutal race in the Whirlaway when he ran into significant trouble and ultimately bolted on the first turn.  He is clearly still quite fragile of mind as he had his head pointed towards the infield most of the way down the backstretch.  The talent is clearly there and he has a bright future but let’s hope he’s kept at one turn so he can fully reach his potential.

Take a look back here on Tuesday as I’ll update my Derby Countdown!

2:44 PM EDT

We’re just past the 1/3rd mark of the Aqueduct card and Cajun Jet made it home as the second victorious favorite of the day with a furious late run to grab Stormin Bolt and Brazen Kat.  He broke what looked like a developing inside bias but it’s undeniable that he was the one to beat, so it’s tough to make a proclamation at this point.

The 5th is up next and it looked like another strong favorite will go postward but #8 SMOKIN CONRAD is 7/2 at this juncture.  There’s been significant support early for #9 GERARD LOVES BEER, who’s undoubtedly getting some support from the Repole Stable crowd who’s on hand for Cool N Collective’s retirement ceremony.  The only other horse with appeal is #1 RODERICK, a well-bred firster who’s listed as a gelding.  I’m going to play the following Pick 3 that ends with Eightyfiveinafifty.

1,8,9 with 2,5,6,8,12 with 1

Good luck! 

1:25 PM EDT

No great surprises in the opener as 3/2 fave Lady Apple got the job done.  We’re also underway at Keeneland and Race 2 at the Big A will kick off the early Pick 4.  Here’s my main ticket:

1,2,3,4,5,6,7 with 2 with 5,8 with 1,8,9  TOTAL: 42

Good luck!

12:49 PM EDT

It’s Wood Memorial Day at the Big A, which also means it’s Santa Anita Derby and Illinois Derby day.  In case you’ve been under a rock or away from everything technological, there are big things on tap in South Ozone Park this afternoon. 

The $500,000 Guaranteed Pick 4 begins in Race 7, the Bay Shore, where Eightyfiveinafifty will be a heavy favorite as he looks to atone for his psychotic effort in the Whirlaway.  Note that in Race 8, #6 NATIONAL PRIDE has been scratched and that’s significant from multiple perspectives as he loomed the main speed and he makes the total number of horses in the Pick 4 sequence go from 23 to 22.  Click here for the changes at Aqueduct today.

Click here for my thoughts on today’s 11 race card at Aqueduct.  Click here for my thoughts on the late Pick 4 at Keeneland this afternoon.  I’ll be back at various points throughout the day to review what’s gone on and preview what lies ahead.  Best of luck today!


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