LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP)-Irish War Cry won the $750,000 Wood Memorial by 3 1/2 lengths at Aqueduct in New York, bouncing back from a poor performance in his previous start.
In the Bluegrass at Keeneland, 31-1 shot Irap won for trainer Doug O’Neill. Practical Joke was second and McCraken, the 8-5 favorite, finished third.
Ridden by Rajiv Maragh, Irish War Cry ran 1 1/8 miles in 1:50.91 on Saturday, earning 100 points on the Kentucky Derby leaderboard for the victory. The 3-year-old colt paid $9 to win for trainer Graham Motion.
Irish War Cry faded to seventh in the Fountain of Youth after dominating the Holy Bull.
Battalion Runner, co-favorite at 2-1 with Cloud Computing, earned 40 points. Cloud Computing earned 20 points, while 21-1 shot True Timber finished fourth and collected 10 points in the system used to determine the 20-horse starting field for next month’s Kentucky Derby.
The day’s other major prep, the Santa Anita Derby, was to be run later.
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