Wood Memorial StakesJamaica, N.Y. Aqueduct
New York’s premier Kentucky Derby prep race is the Grade 1 Wood Memorial Stakes, contested at 1 1/8 miles (9 furlongs) on the main track at Aqueduct.
The Wood Memorial is New York’s signature prep race for the first jewel of the Triple Crown. The last horse to complete the Wood Memorial-Kentucky Derby double was Fusaichi Pegasus in 2000; although Funny Cide finished second in the Wood Memorial in 2003 and went on to win the Derby and the Preakness.
The Wood Memorial has had 11 winners go on to capture victory in the Kentucky Derby, four of whom captured the Triple Crown - Seattle Slew, Assault, Count Fleet and Gallant Fox. The most famous loser in the Wood Memorial was eventual Hall of Famer Secretariat, who finished third in 1973 to stablemate Angle Light.
The Wood Memorial is named to honor Eugene D. Wood, a New York State politician and horse racing enthusiast who had been a founder and past president of the old Jamaica Racetrack, where the race was run until 1960.
Some major milestones established in the Wood Memorial include nine wins by Hall of Fame jockey Eddie Arcaro and seven wins by Hall of Fame trainer James “Sunny Jim” Fitzsimmons.
- Race Number: 10
- Date of Race: April 05, 2014
- Current Purse: $1,000,000
- Location: Jamaica, N.Y.
- Track: Aqueduct
- Distance: 1 1/8 miles
- Surface: Dirt
- Horse Age: 3-year-olds
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- Fastest Time (since 1976): 1:47:16 (Bellamy Road, 2005)
- Greatest Winning Margin (since 1976): 17 1/2 lengths (Bellamy Road, 2005)
- Past Winners: