Tacitus Prevails in Roughly-Run Wood Memorial

Tacitus winning the Wood Memorial (gr. II) at Aqueduct - © NYRA/Coglianese Photography In one of the roughest races seen on the Road to the Kentucky Derby this winter, favored Tacitus emerged from a battle-weary field to win the $750,000 Wood Memorial Stakes (gr. II) at Aqueduct in hard-fought fashion. Chaos reigned during the run to the first turn, and even Tacitus did not emerge unscathed. A generally ragged start was made worse when Tax, breaking from the rail, [...]

How to Bet the 2019 Wood Memorial

Tacitus winning the Tampa Bay Derby (gr. II) - Photo by SV Photography There are plenty of promising and accomplished runners to consider in Saturday’s $750,000 Wood Memorial Stakes (gr. II) at Aqueduct, 1 1/8-mile Road to the Kentucky Derby prep race that has attracted eleven entrants. I’ve taken a look at the five morning line favorites and have divided them into two categories—“For,” containing the horses that I like best, and “Against,” featuring the short-priced runners that [...]

BARN Podcast 4/4/19

It's Horseplayer Thursday and we're talking all about the big races coming up this weekend. Keeneland has huge fields all weekend and we'll discuss the Blue Grass Stakes day as well as Friday's Transylvania. We'll also touch on the Wood Memorial card at Aqueduct.

BARN Podcast 3/20/19

We open the show discussing the probable list for the Dubai World Cup which is coming up next weekend. Then we welcome in Andy Serling from the New York Racing Association to talk about New York racing, the three year-old group, handicapping, and much more.

Vino Rosso Rebounds With Wood Memorial Victory

Vino Rosso winning the Wood Memorial (gr. II) - Photo by Chelsea Durand/Coglianese Photography On paper, Saturday’s $1 million Wood Memorial (gr. II) at Aqueduct wasn’t the strongest of the day's three Road to the Kentucky Derby prep races, but the end result was a quality event that that could have a significant impact on the Triple Crown. The clear favorite in the nine-furlong race was the two-time graded stakes winner Enticed, winner of the Gotham Stakes (gr. [...]

Spot Plays for Wood Memorial Day at Aqueduct

The Wood Memorial is the headliner on Saturday’s card at Aqueduct Racetrack, but there are a number of races leading up to the Grade 2 event that offer strong opportunities to build your bankroll before the big one. Here are a few horses I will be building my afternoon around in the “Big Apple.” Race 2 #2 Prompt has not done much running in his first two starts for Hall of Famer Bill Mott, but I do not think we [...]