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Verrazano, Vyjack Expected to Clash in Wood Memorial

Vyjack, Joel Rosario up, wins the 2013 GIII Gotham Stakes at Aqueduct Racetrack.
Undefeated 3-year-olds Verrazano and Vyjack are expected to head the field for the 89th running of the Grade 1, $1 million Wood Memorial on April 6, Aqueduct Racetrack’s final major prep for the May 4 Kentucky Derby.

 

Unraced as a 2-year-old, Verrazano won his first two starts at Gulfstream Park by a combined margin of 24 lengths, and heads into the 1 1 /8-mile Wood off a commanding three-length victory on March 9 in the Grade 2 Tampa Derby. Trained by Todd Pletcher, the Let’s Go Stable color-bearer will again have the services of Hall of Famer John Velazquez in the Wood.

 

Vyjack will be seeking his fifth consecutive victory at Aqueduct for Pick Six Racing. At age 2, the Into Mischief gelding broke his maiden on November 10 and took the Traskwood overnight stakes on December 9.

 

He then launched his 3-year-old campaign with a hard-fought victory around two turns in the Grade 2 Jerome. Most recently he was an impressive winner of the Grade 3 Gotham, rallying from 10th at the top of the stretch and onto a 2 ¼-length win over West Hills Giant.

 

In addition to those unbeaten sophomores, the Wood is expected to attract the Gotham runner-up and third-place finisher Elnaawi; Mr Palmer, winner of the Private Terms stakes at Laurel Park on March 9; Normandy Invasion, most recently fifth in the Grade 2 Risen Star at Fair Grounds; Always in a Tiz, fifth in Oaklawn’s Grade 3 Southwest, and maiden winners Freedom Child and Quinzieme Monarque.

 

Indy’s Illusion, beaten a neck on March 10 in a Gulfstream Park optional claimer at the 1 1/8-mile Wood distance, is possible for the race.

 

 

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Agree, icy.
If Verrazano should quickly learn what racing is about, he's all alone.
Is the first comment a guarantee? Good; then my future wager won't be scrap paper. Verrazano will likely be my win pick, but this race is more than a week away, so no other picks right now. Of course, I like Hear The Ghost for the Kentucky Derby, too.
verrazano with Always in a Tiz and elnaawi cold exactas
I think this is Vyjacks race. West Hills Giant and Verrazano should be right behind him at the finish line.
Either the tracks for these prep races are getting faster or we have a very good crop of 3yos. I like Verrazano later in the year. Right now although I feel he's the best, he has no foundation and is very green.
Vyjack may win, but it does'nt mean that he is a great horse? lets beat Shanghai Bobby or Itismyluckyday or here the ghost? i know he beat once ORB at the earlier stage, now lets beat him??
Good luck beating Verrazano.... he is 4 races away form greatness !!!

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