The major New York prep for the Kentucky Derby is the $1 million Wood Memorial (G1) sponsored by Resorts World New York Casino, a 1 1/8 mile trip over the main track at Aqueduct. 12,514 fans came out on a sunny Saturday afternoon with temperatures in the low 60's. Gemologist was sent off as the 6-5 favorite off an allowance win at Gulfstream last out after winning the Kentucky Jockey Club (G2) at Churchill Downs. In to challenge him included 2-1 second choice Alpha, winner of the Count Fleet and the Withers (G3) both at Aqueduct, and 13-2 third choice My Adonis, second in the Gotham (G3) after finishing third in the Holy Bull (G3).
Jockey Cornelio Velasquez sent 8-1 The Lumber Guy to the lead first time past the stands and he set fractions of 23.04, 47.57, and 1:12.54 over the fast track while pressed by My Adonis, with favorie Gemologist stalking the pace in third. Entering the lane, My Adonis tired allowing Gemologist to take over the lead and he opened up a 1 1/2 length advantage over Alpha in mid-stretch through 1 mile in 1:37.74. Alpha closed well but Gemologist held him off to win by a neck in 1:50.96. It was another 3 lengths back to late-running 53-1 longest shot Teeth of the Dog third.
Also on the card were the Carter Handicap and Comely Stakes