Immediately before the Woodward, a field of 7 older horses sprinted 7 furlongs over the main track in the $500,000 Forego Stakes (G1). Emcee was sent off as the 3-2 favorite off a close third place finish in the Alfred G. Vanderbilt Handicap (G1). In to challenge him included 5-2 second choice Jackson Bend, fourth in the James Marvin (G3) last out, and 3-1 third choice Pacific Ocean, winner of the James Marvin.
Jockey Joel Rosario sent Pacific Ocean to the lead exiting the chute and he set fractions of 22.64 and 45.38 down the backstretch while pressed by Emcee a length behind. Entering the stretch Pacific Ocean tired as 9-1 Jersey Town gained a short lead through 3/4 in 1:08.81, but Emcee powered ahead in the final furlong to win going away by 4 1/2 lengths over 18-1 Hamazing Destiny in 1:21.00 over the fast main track. It was just a neck back to Jersey Town third.