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$1 Million Wood Memorial (G1)

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Undefeated New York-bred Samraat looks to head to the Kentucky Derby with his perfect record intact. He's expected to face untested Social Inclusion, fresh off of a romping Gulfstream Park win, archrival Uncle Sigh, and more at Aqueduct Racetrack on a nationally televised broadcast. The Grade 1, $1 million twinspires.com Wood Memorial offers a total of 170 points, 100 to the winner, on the Road to the Kentucky Derby. The tremendous card also features the Grade 1, $500,000 Carter Handicap, Grade 2, $300,000 Gazelle, and Grade 3, $300,000 Bay Shore.

Race Day Info:

  • First Post - 1:00 p.m.
  • The Wood Memorial will be Race 10
  • $500,000 Guaranteed All Graded Stakes Pick-4 begins with Race 8


  • Admission gates will open at 10:00 a.m.
  • Parking collections will start at 8:30 a.m.
  • Third floor access has a $3 charge


  • Aqueduct Racetrack
    110-00 Rockaway Blvd.
    Jamaica, NY 11420

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Local Bus Service

  • Q-11 from Woodhaven and Queens Blvd.
  • Q-7 From Euclid Ave.
  • Q-37 From Union Tpke. - Kew Gardens
  • Q-41 from N.Y. Blvd. and Archer and Ashford St. in Brooklyn.

By Subway

The New York City Metropolitan Transit Authority has released a Weekend Service Notice that will affect subway travel to and from Aqueduct Racetrack on TwinSpires.com Wood Memorial weekend, Saturday, April 5 and Sunday, April 6.

  • Fans heading to the Wood Memorial a can take the J or L to Broadway Junction for A service to Aqueduct Racetrack

  • For further information Click Here


For a truly pleasurable dining experience, reserve a table in Aqueduct's Equestris Restaurant!

  • $65 per person [includes 3rd floor admission, program, buffet, soda, coffee, tea, tax, and gratuity]
  • Seating at 11:30 a.m.
  • Buffet open 12 - 4 p.m.
  • Call 888-516-NYRA

You can also partake in the offerings from one of the three food trucks that will be on track throughout the day. Saratoga regular Mac Truck will be joined on the clubhouse apron by the Hot Dawg Truck and a Tasty Freeze ice cream truck!


  • Licensed horsemen can call Horsemen's Relations at 718-659-2205 to reserve a box seat.
  • All other seating is first come, first served.


Sonny Taylor
Photo by Adam Coglianese

Honor a NYRA Legend:

Kick off the card by joining the New York Racing Association in honoring longtime employee Sonny Taylor. The first race on the card will be named in honor of his 50th Anniversary. Richard Migliore and Chris Kay will be on hand to thank him for his contributions to the sport, which include timing the last three Triple Crown winners.

The Aqueduct Murals:

The Fall Meet at Aqueduct Racetrack featured the debut of the Aqueduct Murals. Phase two brings the fun to the outside of the building with new pieces by David Flores, Hellbent, Chris Stain, Logan Hicks, and Joe Iurato. Take it in before heading to the fourth floor near the Equestris Restaurant. Mighty Tanaka Gallery and Freshly Baked Prints will be on track with original art and prints. 10% of proceeds benefit the TAKE2 Second Career Thoroughbred Program.



Still not convinced you need to make the trip to the Big A? Attendees will be able to pick up a twinspires.com Wood Memorial baseball cap! Purchase a Post Parade program or a coupon to get one while supplies last. NYRA Rewards members are also eligible to enter to win one of 20 Rokus. We've launched a brand new NYRA HD Beta channel, Roku's first dedicated to thoroughbred racing.



Are you ready for another huge weekend of key prep races on the road to the Kentucky Derby? We are! Don't miss a minute of the pulse-pounding action on the NBC Sports Network leading up to the greatest two minutes in sports.

Television: NBC Sports Network from 5:30 – 7:00 p.m ET

Wagering Options:


1 1:00 W-P-S, EX, TRI, SPR, DD, P3 P5
2 1:30 W-P-S, EX, TRI, SPR, DD, P3, P4, QUI
3 2:00 W-P-S, EX, TRI SPR, DD, P3
4 2:31 W-P-S, EX, TRI, SPR, DD, P3, QUI
5 3:02 W-P-S, EX, TRI, SPR, DD, P3
6 3:33 W-P-S, EX, TRI, SPR, DD, P3
7 4:04 W-P-S, EX, TRI, SPR, DD, P3, P6
8 4:35 W-P-S, EX, TRI, SPR, DD, P3, P4*
9 5:06 W-P-S, EX, TRI, SPR, DD, P3, P4
10 5:40 W-P-S, EX, TRI, SPR, DD, P3
11 6:14 W-P-S, EX, TRI, SPR DD
12 6:45 W-P-S, EX, TRI, SPR

Trifecta Wagering on all races that qualify
Minimum five betting interests carded.

Superfecta Wagering on all races that qualify
Minimum six betting interests carded. No entries or fields.

*The $500,000 All Graded Stakes Guaranteed Late Pick 4

  • Races 8: Bay Shore (G3)
  • Race 9: Gazelle (G2)
  • Race 10: Wood Memorial (G1)
  • Race 11: Carter Handicap (G1)