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Eskendereya crushes foes in Wood

Updated: April 25, 2010, 3:52 AM ET
By David Grening | Daily Racing Form

OZONE PARK, N.Y. -- As much as jockey John Velazquez was looking behind him aboard Eskendereya in the stretch of Saturday's $750,000 Wood Memorial at Aqueduct, no one could fault him if he spent part of the final furlong looking ahead to the first Saturday in May.

Eskendereya remained undefeated on dirt and likely stamped himself as the favorite for the May 1 Kentucky Derby with a 9¾-length blowout victory over Jackson Bend in Saturday's Grade 1 Wood Memorial. That result came six ...

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