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Art by Jen Ferguson

The $1-million Wood Memorial Stakes on Saturday at Aqueduct drew 11 3-year-olds seeking to solidify their credentials for the Kentucky Derby on May 3.

The Wood Memorial is New York’s signature prep race for the first jewel of the Triple Crown. The last horse to complete the Wood Memorial-Kentucky Derby double was Fusaichi Pegasus in 2000; although Funny Cide finished second in the Wood Memorial in 2003 and went on to win the Derby and the Preakness.

BE THERE: Grab an Official Kentucky Derby Ticket Package with elevated views, celebrity meet & greets, exclusive access to the inaugural Fillies and Lilies Party and more.

Other notable Wood Memorial Stakes winners over the years include Triple Crown winners Seattle Slew, Assault, Count Fleet and Gallant Fox. Secretariat finished third in the Wood Memorial in 1973 before sweeping the Triple Crown.

The $1-million Twinspires.com Wood Memorial Stakes

Saturday, Aqueduct, Race 10, Post Time 5:40 p.m. ET

1 1/8 miles, 3-year-olds

Horse

Jockey

Weight

Trainer

1. Kid Cruz

Manny Franco

123

Linda Rice

2. Wicked Strong

Rajiv Maragh

123

Jimmy Jerkens

3. Noble Moon

Irad Ortiz Jr.

123

Leah Gyarmati

4. Harpoon

John Velazquez

123

Todd Pletcher

5. Los Borrachos

Cornelio Velasquez

123

Bill Mott

6. Kristo

Martin Garcia

123

John Sadler

7. Schivarelli

Javier Castellano

123

Eddie Kenneally

8. Samraat

Jose Ortiz

123

Rick Violette

9. Effinex

Rosario Montanez

123

David Smith

10. Uncle Sigh

Corey Nakatani

123

Gary Contessa

11. Social Inclusion

Luis Contreras

123

Manny Azpurua

Image Description

Jen Ferguson

Jen Ferguson is an artist whose interest in depicting racehorses and track life goes back to early childhood, when she was obsessed with drawing horses and jockeys out of Blood-Horse magazines she got from her uncle, who owned and raced Thoroughbreds. In fact, her first childhood drawings were of racehorses.

In 2009, she published a book of drawings and stories based on expeditions to Aqueduct titled “Railbirds: My Life at the Track.” Jen spent last August working on drawings at Saratoga Race Course and plans to return for the 2013 meet. She currently works in Brooklyn, N.Y., where she draws regularly at Aqueduct and Belmont Park. If you see her sketching at the track, say hello!

More of Jen’s work plus her racetrack sketchbook in progress can be seen at jenferguson.com

Image Description

Jen Ferguson

Jen Ferguson is an artist whose interest in depicting racehorses and track life goes back to early childhood, when she was obsessed with drawing horses and jockeys out of Blood-Horse magazines she got from her uncle, who owned and raced Thoroughbreds. In fact, her first childhood drawings were of racehorses.

In 2009, she published a book of drawings and stories based on expeditions to Aqueduct titled “Railbirds: My Life at the Track.” Jen spent last August working on drawings at Saratoga Race Course and plans to return for the 2013 meet. She currently works in Brooklyn, N.Y., where she draws regularly at Aqueduct and Belmont Park. If you see her sketching at the track, say hello!

More of Jen’s work plus her racetrack sketchbook in progress can be seen at jenferguson.com

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