Irish War Cry came back from a poor performance in the Fountain of Youth Stakes, staking claim to a berth in the Kentucky Derby with a win in the Wood Memorial.
The colt stalked favorite Batallion Runner in third place before moving up toward the end of the backstretch to challenge the leader. They were neck and neck throughout the far turn, and battled it out in the homestretch before Batallion Runner tired and relinquished the lead.
The time for the 1 1/8 miles was a pedestrian 1:50.91
Battalion Runner hung on for second place. Cloud Computing was another 3 1/2 lengths back in third place.