2015 Wood Memorial

Wood Memorial at Aqueduct

DaredevilIt is time once again to preview the running of the Wood Memorial for three year olds going a distance of  11/8 miles for a purse of  $1,000,000 in this all important prep race for the Kentucky Derby. The morning line choice is Todd Pletcher’s Daredevil with Javier Castellano in the irons. He began his career impressively with a win in the Grade 1 Champagne Stakes at Belmont, but then was a disappointing eleventh and last in the Breeders Cup Juvenile. He came back as a heavy favorite in the Swale and finished second with an impressive speed figure. Daredevil really needs a win in this race because he has only 10 points in the point system. If he wins this race, he will be in the Derby for sure. If he runs second he could be on the bubble. His running style is he likes to be on or close to the lead. Here is a point to consider. Both of his wins came over an off track, so his connections will probably be praying for rain. Second choice in the ML is Kiaran McLaughlin’s Frosted with Joel Rosario in the saddle. This one has just won one race, but has been second in two grade 2 events as the favorite. He was beaten in the Holy Bull by Upstart and ran fourth to that one in the Fountain of Youth. Frosted also needs this race as he has only 13 points in the system. He likes to be on or close to the lead and is working lights out in the morning.

El KabeirThird choice in the morning line is John Terranova’s El Kabeir with Charles Lopez as the pilot. El Kabeir has plenty of graded stakes experience after winning the Gotham and the Jerome in fine fashion. He likes to come from off the pace, at least lately. He has 75 points and really does not have to win this, but I am sure he wants to. It must be said that he has been out of the money just once in eight starts and that was when he finished fourth to Daredevil. This one has me baffled by the morning line which has become the norm as of late. They picked Frosted as their second choice who has but one win over El Kabeir who has been running like a contender in all his races. Here is how it will be according to this writer. El Kabeir will win it after running down the front runners. Daredevil will be second and Frosted third. But if it comes up wet, look for Daredevil to improve. Happy Horse Picking Guys and Gals!



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