A week after Mohaymen finished fourth in his final Kentucky Derby prep, Sheikh Hamdan's Shadwell Stable will have another potential star 3-year-old race when Shagaf tries the Wood Memorial April 9.
The partnership of Lady Sheila Stable and trainer Linda Rice last year found great success with a mare and a filly, but on April 9 the focus will be on the 3-year-old colt Matt King Coal in the Wood Memorial Stakes (gr. I).
Shadwell's homebred 3-year-old Shagaf has won his three starts by a combined margin of almost 10 lengths, but trainer Chad Brown believes he hasn't reached his limit.
Trainer said Bernardini colt gained plenty of experience in stakes debut.
- By Frank Angst
The three major Triple Crown prep races Saturday, April 4, will feature enhanced security protocols, which on one level is good news, but also serves as reminder of how much more is needed. read blog
Wood Memorial Stakes, Santa Anita Derby, Santa Anita Oaks, Ashland Stakes dead-heat, Mossfun in Australia and more! view slideshow
Racing Analyst J. Keeler Johnson gives us a play by play of the weekend's Kentucky Derby prep races and mentions the exciting Ashland Stakes (gr. I) finish. watch video
Claire Novak and Frank Angst handicap two big Kentucky Derby prep races this weekend in the Wood Memorial and Santa Anita Derby. watch video
Claire Novak and Frank Angst handicap two big Kentucky Derby prep races this weekend in the Wood Memorial and Santa Anita Derby. Download Brisnet Past Performances for the Wood Memorial Stakes.
A historical look at the Wood Memorial Stakes (gr. I). view infographic
The New York State Gaming Commission and The New York Racing Association March 26 announced enhanced security measures for horses competing in the April 5 Wood Memorial Stakes (gr. I) at Aqueduct Racetrack.
The minimum stakes purse for the 2014 winter meet at Aqueduct Racetrack has been increased to $100,000 from $75,000, the New York Racing Association announced Dec. 4.
Grade II winner Vyjack completed serious preparations for the Belmont Stakes (gr. I) by working five furlongs in :59 Tuesday, June 4 at Belmont Park for trainer Rudy Rodriguez.
Security at racetracks has been too reactionary. read blog
Evan Hammonds recaps the Wood Memorial Stakes, Santa Anita Derby, and Ashland Stakes. watch video
Tom LaMarra and Pete Denk handicap the Wood Memorial Stakes and Santa Anita Derby. Can anyone beat Verrazano? watch video
Horses competing in the April 6 Wood Memorial Stakes (gr. I) at Aqueduct Racetrack and the Santa Anita Derby (gr. I) at Santa Anita park will be monitored beginning April 3 as part of enhanced security measures.
Unbeaten Verrazano, the early favorite for this year's Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I), is set to make his next start April 6 in the $1 million Wood Memorial (gr. I) at Aqueduct, trainer Todd Pletcher said.
Gotham Stakes (gr. III) winner Hansen wrapped up his week at Turfway Park with a paddock appearance the evening of March 9, but his majority owner reaffirmed that the colt will run next in New York, not Kentucky.
Following Conveyance's game win in the Southwest Stakes (gr. III) at Oaklawn Park, Sheikh Rashid has decided to keep the colt in the United States.
Due to heavy overnight rains continuing into April 4, the New York Racing Association has canceled live racing at Aqueduct in an effort to preserve the racing surface for the Wood Memorial program on April 5.
Jockey Ramon Dominguez and trainer Gary Contessa won their respective titles and set records when Aqueduct concluded its 2007-08 inner-track meet March 30. Racing switches to the main track April 2.
The National Thoroughbred Racing Association will offer a national pick three wager "the NTRA Spring Pick 3" on three of the nationally televised races airing live April 9 on NBC from 4-6 p.m.
James McIngvale's During will make his next start in the seven-furlong Bay Shore Stakes (gr. III) on Apr. 12 and not the Wood Memorial Stakes (gr. I), trainer Bob Baffert said.
Shug McGaughey last ran a horse in the Kentucky Derby 13 years ago, when his favored entry of Easy Goer and Awe Inspiring finished second and third behind Sunday Silence. In this year's Wood Memorial Stakes, Saarland, his Derby hopeful, is one of the favorites.
Twenty-five 3-year-olds have been nominated to the $750,000 Wood Memorial Stakes, a grade I event at Aqueduct April 13.
Two television networks will provide 2 1/2 hours of coverage of major Triple Crown preps April 13.
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