WOOD MEMORIAL STAKES | PURSE: $1 MILLION | GRADE 1 | 3-YEAR-OLDS | 1 1/8 MILES
OZONE PARK, N.Y. -- Undefeated Gemologist drew post 6 in a field of eight 3-year-olds entered Wednesday for Saturday's $1 million Wood Memorial at Aqueduct.
Alpha, winner of the Count Fleet and Grade Withers Stakes over the inner track, will break from the rail under Ramon Dominguez. Alpha, a son of Bernardini, is owned by Godolphin Racing and trained by Kiaran McLaughlin.
The Wood will go as race 9 (5:15 p.m. Eastern) on an 11-race card and will be preceded by the $250,000 Comely for 3-year-old fillies, a race in which Agave Kiss was not entered; the $250,000 Bay Shore led by Swale Stakes winner Trinniberg. The Grade 1 Carter, featuring Caleb's Posse, Shackleford, and Jackson Bend, will be run following the Wood.
The Wood will be shown live on NBC in a 90-minute telecast that will also include the Santa Anita Derby.