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Wood Memorial Stakes

Race Name Grade Track ?
Wood Memorial Stakes Gr 1 Aqueduct Racetrack Wood Memorial Stakes

Wood Memorial Stakes

The Wood Memorial Stakes is an American Gr 1 horserace contested in April each year at Aqueduct Racetrack in Jamaica, New York by three-year-old thoroughbreds over a distance of 1 1/8 miles on dirt. The race boasts purse of $750,000 and is one of the most important prep races for the Kentucky Derby.

Inaugurated in 1925, the Wood Memorial Stakes was named in honor of Eugene D. Wood, founder of the now defunct Jamaica Racetrack, which hosted the Wood Memorial Stakes until in 1960 it was moved to Aqueduct.

The Wood Memorial Stakes has been run over many distances. From 1925 until 1939 it was contested over 1mile 70 yards, from 1940 until 1951 it was run over a distance of 1 1/16 miles, and from 1952 until now it has been run over 1 1/8 miles. All runners must carry a weight of 123 pounds.

Since its launch, 11 winners of the Wood Memorial Stakes have won the Kentucky Derby in the same year, 4 of which have won the prestigious U.S. Triple Crown - Gallant Fox in 1930, Count Fleet in 1943, Assault in 1946 and Seattle Slew in 1977.

In terms of records, the fastest the Wood Memorial Stakes has ever been completed over 1 1/8 miles is in a time of 1:47.16 set by Bellamy Road in 2005 for George Steinbrenner, owner of the NY Yankees. Jockey Eddie Arcaro has won the race 9 times while trainer Sunny Jim Fitzsimmons has 7 wins to his name.

Wood Memorial Stakes - Past Winners

2004 Tapit
2005 Bellamy Road
2006 Bob and John
2007 Nobiz Like Shobiz
2008 Tale Of Ekati

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