Wood Memorial

  • Location: Aqueduct Racecourse, New York
  • Inaugural Race: 1925
  • Current Distance: 1 1/8 miles (9 furlongs)
  • Track Type: Left-Handed Dirt
  • Age Qualifications: Three-year-olds
  • Status: Grade 2
  • 2020 Purse: $1,000,000
  • 2020 Race Date: Saturday, April 4th
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2020 Wood Memorial Entries and Results

**RACE POSPONED**



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Wood Memorial History

Held since 1925, the Wood Memorial at Aqueduct is the culmination of the New York early season 3-year-old races.

It’s also one of the key lead-up races in the Road to the Kentucky Derby series. It’s one of three major races held four weeks prior to the Derby – the others are the Blue Grass Stakes and the Santa Anita Derby – and like those races, the first four finishers get points in the series on a 100-40-20-10 basis. It means the winner will definitely get a place in the Kentucky Derby field, and most likely the runner-up as well.

The Wood Memorial has historically been one of the most important Derby lead-ups. There have been 20 Kentucky Derby winners that used the Wood Memorial as a lead-up, 11 of which won both races. Six of the nation’s Triple Crown winners contested the Wood Memorial; interestingly, two of them – Omaha and Secretariat – failed to win at Aqueduct, both finishing third.

No Wood Memorial winner has won the Kentucky Derby since Fusaichi Pegasus in 2000, however, and the most recent Kentucky Derby winner to run in the Wood Memorial was Funny Cide, second at Aqueduct in 2003.

In recent years, the Wood Memorial has invariably been won by a horse that didn’t contest the other New York preps and have instead come from sunnier climates, especially Florida. Punters should look very carefully at the runners that have shipped in for the race.


Previous Winners of the Wood Memorial

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2019
Tacitus
Jose L. Ortiz
William I. Mott
Juddmonte Farms, Inc.
2018
Vino Rosso
Todd A. Pletcher
John R. Velazquez
Repole Stable and St. Elias Stable
2017
Irish War Cry
Rajiv Maragh
H. Graham Motion
Isabelle de Tomaso
2016
Outwork
John Velazquez
Todd Pletcher
Repole Stable
2015
American Pharoah
Victor Espinoza
Bob Baffert
Zayat Stables, LLC
2014
Wicked Strong
Rajiv Maragh
James Jerkens
Centennial Farms
2013
Verrazano
John Velazquez
Todd A. Pletcher
Let's Go Stables
2012
Gemologist
Javier Castellano
Todd Pletcher
WinStar Farm
2011
Toby's Corner
Eddie Castro
H. Graham Motion
Dianne Cotter
2010
Eskendereya
John Velazquez
Todd A. Pletcher
Zayat Stables

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