Gemologist and Alpha punched their Kentucky Derby 2012 tickets after running 1-2 in an exciting edition of the Wood Memorial at Aqueduct on Saturday.
G1 Wood Memorial (4-7-12): 98 BSF (Gemologist)
The Lumber Guy was the headstrong early leader through
splits of :23.04, :47.57, and 1:22.54. My Adonis tracked in 2nd,
followed by Gemologist on the outside and Alpha along the rail.
The Lumber Guy was getting pressure from My Adonis and Gemologist
with three furlongs to go. Gemologist put away his two pace foes but had
to deal with a fresh challenge from Alpha. The stage was set for a
thrilling finish and Gemologist stuck his neck out on the line with
Alpha three clear of rallying show finisher Teeth of the Dog.