Here are the likely entries that will make up the field for the 2012 Wood Memorial Stakes.
The 2012 Wood Memorial will be run on April 7th from Aqueduct Racetrack, and we’ll preview the likely entries that will be entered in this Triple Crown preview. Although the Wood Memorial has given us some incredible winners, it’s also been a bit of a curse for Kentucky Derby horses recently. 2011 winner Toby’s Corner, 2010 winner Eskendereya, and 2009 winner I Want Revenge all won here and then were forced out of the first leg of the Triple Crown due to injuries.
This race has produced a number of notable winners with 11 horses having taken home the Wood Memorial and then gone on to win the Kentucky Derby. Another 4 Wood Memorial winners won the Triple Crown, and that doesn’t count Secretariat into the tally since he finished 3rd in the 1973 Wood Memorial.
The 2012 Wood Memorial is a race for three-year-old males, and the race is run on dirt at a distance of 1 1/8 miles. There are currently 10 horses rumored to be amongst the likely entries for the Wood Memorial and we’ll preview all of them here. Make sure to bet on the Wood Memorial with Bovada Sportsbook as they are offering our readers a 100% cash bonus on top of their initial deposit. The deal is good for up to $125 in free money and you can claim your share by clicking on our link to get signed up!
2012 Wood Memorial – Likely Entries:
Alpha – The likely favorite in the Wood Memorial, Alpha has won the Count Fleet and the Withers most recently. He has faced top competition throughout and finished 2nd in Union Rags in the 2011 Champagne Stakes. This son of Bernardini has raced at a mile or longer 4 times now and both of his recent victories came at Aqueduct.
Gemologist – Sired by Tiznow, this up-and-coming three-year-old has won all 5 career starts, including the Kentucky Jockey Club in 2011. He’s never raced at Aqueduct but does have 4 races at a mile or longer and should be in the thick of things in the 2012 Wood Memorial.
My Adonis – Has looked good this year while finishing 3rd in the Holy Bull and 2nd in the Gotham despite some extremely talented entries into those fields. He’s finished in the top 3 in 7 of his 8 career races and has more experience than any of the other likely entries into the 2012 Wood Memorial.
Street Life – This son of Kentucky Derby winner Street Sense started off his career in early 2012 with a disappointing 8th place finish in an attempt to break his maiden at Gulfstream Park. He was then moved to Aqueduct and stretched out to a mile or longer and has gone on to break his maiden and take home the Broad Brush in his last 2 starts.
The Lumber Guy – Broke his maiden at 6 furlongs at Aqueduct in late January of 2012 and then went on to win the Miracle Wood at Laurel Park. The Lumber Guy is undefeated but has also never raced at longer than 7 furlongs in his career.
Tiger Walk – This three-year-old broke his maiden on his 3rd try and then went on to win an allowance at Laurel Park. He then jumped up quite a bit in competition and finished 3rd in the Withers and 4th in the Gotham. He has 5 career races at a mile or longer and will look to show improvement on Saturday.
Brimstone Island – Another horse from Tiznow, Brimstone Island will be taking a large step up in competition for the Wood Memorial. He broke his maiden at Delaware Park and then finished 2nd in the Miracle Wood and 3rd in the Private Terms. He has one career race at a mile or longer and will have to take a big step up to stick with the other likely entries.
Cozzetti – This horse seems to be trending upward after finishing 3rd in the Tampa Bay Derby most recently. He disappointed on two turf starts before being moved to dirt to break his maiden. He then disappointed in synthetic and turf again before looking strong on dirt in that recent 3rd place finish. Cozzetti finally found his ideal surface and will be racing at a mile or longer for the 6th time in the Wood Memorial.
Teeth of the Dog – Sired by Bluegrass Cat, Teeth of the Dog took 3 tries to break his maiden but finally did so in February at Gulfstream Park. His 3 career races have been on dirt and he’s looked better and better the more distance he races at. Teeth of the Dog won after being stretch to 1 1/8 miles last time out and should like the Wood Memorial track.
Casual Trick – This will be Casual Trick’s first race at Aqueduct, and he has not been impressive lately. He broke his maiden at Churchill Downs and finished 2nd in the Gulfstream Park Derby on the first day of 2012, but has since finished 8th in an allowance race and 7th in the Fountain of Youth, leaving many wondering what state this three-year-old is in.