Wednesday, April 3, 2013
Verrazano, Vyjack top field for Wood Memorial
NEW YORK -- Unbeatens Verrazano and Vyjack are among a field of 10 entered for Saturday's Wood Memorial at Aqueduct, a final prep race before the Kentucky Derby.
Verrazano was made the 4-5 favorite Wednesday and will leave from the No. 8 post with John Velazquez aboard. Vyjack is next at 4-1 from the No. 5 post. He will be ridden by Joel Rosario.
Also entered are Chrisandthecapper, Normandy Invasion, Quinzieme Monarque, Elnaawi, Mr Palmer, Always in a Tiz, Go Get the Basil and Freedom Child.
The race is worth 170 Derby qualifying points. The winner gets 100 points, with 40 for second, 20 for third and 10 for fourth. The top 20 points earners qualify for the May 4 Derby.
Verrazano and Vyjack each have 50 points and have all but qualified for the race. The others need to run first or second to have a chance to get in the Derby.