A rare match-up at the Wood Memorial
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Verrazano is trained by five-time champion trainer Todd Pletcher, who won the 2010 Kentucky Derby with Super Saver and saddled Rags to Riches to a victory over Horse of the Year Curlin in the 2007 Belmont Stakes.
Pletcher has been pointing Verrazano, the early favorite for the Kentucky Derby, to the Wood Memorial for quite some time.
“Looking at his schedule, we felt [the Tampa Bay Derby] put him in a position that opened up a lot of options, with the Wood always being our first choice,” said Pletcher.
Hall of Fame jockey John Velazquez has ridden the colt in his first three starts and will be aboard once again in the Wood
The rest of the Wood Memorial field is coming up strong, even with both the Kentucky Derby favorite Verrazano and Derby second choice Vyjack pointing for the race. The top notch field includes several other talented 3-year-olds in Grade 2 Remsen runner-up Normandy Invasion and Gotham second- and third-place finishers West Hills Giant and Elnaawi.
While the Wood Memorial is the main attraction, Saturday’s undercard is not to be overlooked with four additional graded stakes, including another Grade 1 in the Carter Handicap for sprinters and the Grade 2 Gazelle for three-year-old fillies. First post Saturday at Aqueduct is at 12:50 p.m. and admission is free.
When: Saturday, April 6
Where: Aqueduct Racetrack, 110-00 Rockaway Blvd.Jamaica, Queens.
For information, contact www.nyra.com.