Wood Memorial Possible for Withers' Top Two
by Blood-Horse Staff
Date Posted: 2/3/2013 5:57:23 PM
Last Updated: 2/4/2013 10:08:50 PM

Revolutionary and Escapefromreality in the Withers Stakes.
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Photo: Coglianese Photos

Revolutionary  , who had an eventful trip en route to victory in the $200,000 Withers Stakes (gr. III) Feb. 2 at Aqueduct Racetrack, is scheduled to depart for trainer Todd Pletcher's Florida base at Palm Meadows Feb. 5 to prepare for any one of a number of final preps for the May 4 Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I).

Among the possibilities for the son of War Pass owned by WinStar Farm is the $1 million Wood Memorial (gr. I) April 6 at Aqueduct.

Ridden by Javier Castellano, Revolutionary was last of eight at the top of the stretch before he overcame traffic problems and split horses while rallying to defeat Escapefromreality by a neck.

"I was watching the replay of the race a little while ago, and there was nothing good about it except for the last two or three jumps," Pletcher's assistant, Mike McCarthy, said of the winning Withers effort. "That may have been one of the worst winning trips I've ever seen."

Meanwhile, trainer Dominick Schettino said the Wood and March 2 Gotham Stakes (gr. III) are under consideration for Escapefromreality.

"We're planning on running in the Gotham and the Wood, depending on how he comes out of the race once we start him back training," said Schettino, who trains the New York-bred son of Read the Footnotes for MeB Racing Stables and Brooklyn Boyz Stable. "We'll decide from there, but we'll point for the Gotham and Wood."

The 1 1/16-mile Withers was the first beyond six furlongs for Escapefromreality, a two-length winner in a 5 1/2-furlong maiden race at Aqueduct Nov. 25, and second in a six-furlong allowance Dec. 28.

"I thought he ran exceptionally well (in the Withers), first time going two turns, lightly raced, coming out of two sprints, he rated," said Schettino. "I'm very happy with the way he ran."
 



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