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Vyjack Remains on Course for Kentucky Derby

Wood Memorial third-place finisher had some mucous detected after race, trainer says.

Vyjack, whose four-race winning streak at Aqueduct Racetrack ended with his third-place finish in the Wood Memorial (gr. I) April 6, returned from his efforts with some mucous detected in a post-race examination, said trainer Rudy Rodriguez.

"He came back good, he ate good, he walked good this morning," said Rodriguez April 7, describing the Pick Six Racing color-bearer. "There was some mucous when we scoped him, nothing bad. I don't want to use that as an excuse. I'm proud of the way he ran."

Vyjack finished one length behind the undefeated Verrazano  in the Wood and was edged for second by a neck by Normandy Invasion .

Rodriguez said the Into Mischief  gelding will be treated with antibiotics for a few days and remains on target for the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I). The winner of the Gotham (gr. III) and Jerome (gr. II) stakes this season is tied with Flashback  for sixth in the "Road to the Kentucky Derby" point standings with 70.

"It's like human beings, we get a little cold for a couple of days," said Rodriguez. "We'll clean it up, we'll check him out again, and move forward. He ran a good race against a good horse."

Vyjack, whose races so far have all been at Aqueduct, has won four of five lifetime starts with earnings of $542,200.