2023 Kentucky Derby Hopeful Snapshots: Two Phil’s
This weekend marks the finale of Saratoga’s summer meet, but that doesn’t mean the excitement is over. Saturday’s card features four graded stakes, highlighted by the historic Woodward Stakes for older horses.
Read on for the facts and figures on this year’s Woodward.
0 - The number of opponents Spectacular Bid faced in the 1980 Woodward. He won in a walkover after no other horses would face him.
1 1/8 miles - The distance of the race since 1990. It previously was run at distances ranging from one mile to 1 ½ miles.
2 - The number of Triple Crown wins by the Woodward’s namesake, William Woodward Sr. His Belair Stud campaigned both Gallant Fox and Omaha to Triple Crown wins.
2 - Just two fillies have ever won the Woodward: Rachel Alexandra in 2009 and Havre de Grace in 2011.
3 - The Woodward has been contested at three different New York racetracks: Belmont Park, Aqueduct, and now Saratoga.
3 - The number of Triple Crown winners who ran in the Woodward. Seattle Slew (1978 Woodward) and Affirmed (1979) each won the race, but Secretariat was defeated by Prove Out in 1973.
3 - Woodward wins for trainer Todd Pletcher, who could make it four this year if Patch, Rally Cry, or Tapwrit wins.
6 - The record number of Woodward wins by a jockey. Hall of Fame jockeys Angel Cordero Jr. and Jerry Bailey are tied for the honor, though John Velazquez could come within one win of the record if he wins this year.
6 - The number of horses who have won the Woodward more than once, including Kelso, who won three straight (1961-’63) and Forego, who won four consecutive editions (1974-’77).
13 ½ lengths - Record margin of victory in the race when Bertrando won the 1993 edition.
40% - The success rate of the betting favorite in the last five years. Gun Runner (2017) and Liam’s Map (2015) each won as the favorite.
1954 - The year the Woodward Stakes was inaugurated at Belmont Park. This year is the 65th running.
$750,000 - Purse of this year’s Woodward, including $400,000 for the winner.
$22,420,060 - Total bet on last year’s Woodward day races at Saratoga.