Outwork Outworks Trojan Nation to Take Wood Memorial

He wasn’t even supposed to be in the race – a maiden who had already been beaten badly by several Derby wannabes and had just a Beyer Speed Figure of 74 – but Trojan Nation almost shocked the racing world, forcing Outwork to a photo finish in the $1 million Wood Memorial.

Still, Outwork looked impressive, leading most of the way on a torrid pace, but still had enough to outlast Trojan Nation, who came from off the pace to lose by a head.

Shagaf and Adventist, two Derby hopefuls, didn’t impress, Adventist settling for third – barely – over Matt King Coal, who pressed Outwork throughout the race but faded in the homestretch. Shagaf, winner of the Gotham Stakes,¬†finished fifth and never really threatened.

Although Outwork’s performance was impressive, his time over the sluggish 1 1/8 miles was 1:52.92, the slowest Wood Memorial ever at this distance.

Peter Lee

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