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Early voting works for G2 Wood Memorial presented by Resorts World Casino

OZONE PARK, NY – Klaravich Stables Early voting worked in business Friday in preparation for the $750,000 Grade 2 Wood Memorial presented by Resorts World Casino on April 9 at Aqueduct Racecourse. The Year 3 Withers winner completed a half-mile in 48.47 seconds on the Belmont Park practice track with his stable mate and last year’s Withers winner Risk taking.

The nine-stadium Wood Memorial is the last local Kentucky Derby Qualifier, offering 100-40-20-10 points to the top four. Early Voting is currently 23rd in the Kentucky Derby standings with 10 points earned thanks to its Withers score.

“The horse is going very well,” said trainer Chad Brown. “He’s been fine since the Withers and he’s doing everything the right way. He’s still on the right track for the Wood.

Undefeated in two starts, Early Voting made his debut with a one-mile lap on Dec. 18 at Aqueduct before capturing the Withers by 4 1/2 lengths on Un Ojo, the next Grade 2 Rebel winner at Oaklawn Park.

Grantham, fourth in the Withers, returned second in the Tampa Bay Derby as a sophomore on March 12.

“It was great for him to finish ahead of these horses in only his second start. As a trainer, it gives you a lot of confidence after a key race,” Brown said.

A son of last year’s best freshman stallion gun runner, Early Voting was bought for $200,000 at the September 2020 yearling sale at Keeneland. He is out of Tiznow’s unreleased mare, Amour d’Ete, a half-sister to the 2004 Champion Sprinter and influential stallion Speightstown.

The four-time Eclipse Award-winning conditioner told fellow Klaravich Stables color bearer Reinvestment risk is possible for the Grade 1, $300,000 Carter Handicap presented by NYRA Bets on April 9 at the Big A. Upstart’s 4-year-old son posted a speed record of 103 Beyer for a winning last effort in an optional claimant allowance in February at Gulfstream Park.

Reinvestment Risk placed twice as a freshman as a Juvenile behind Jackie’s Warrior in the Hopeful at Saratoga Race Course and the Champagne at Belmont before finishing tenth in the Grade 1 Breeders’ Cup Juvenile at Keeneland. He made a start last year, finishing a distant third behind eventual stake winners After Sea and Wudda U Think Now at a June allocation event at Belmont.

Reinvestment Risk was bought for $280,000 at the March OBS sale of 2-year-olds in training, where it was presented by De Meric Sales. He is out of candy tower Ridingwiththedevil mare.

by Jeff Drown Zandon remains on target for the Grade 1, $1 million Blue Grass on April 9 at Keeneland, which offers 100-40-20-10 Kentucky Derby qualifying points. the Reached the sophomore made his 2022 debut in the Grade 2 Risen Star on February 19 at the Fair Grounds Race Course, where he missed the break but rallied from tenth to third place.

“He missed the break, but I was happy to see him persevere. He benefited a lot from the fitness of the race,” Brown said.

The first winner in October at Belmont, Zandon was narrowly beaten in the Remsen Grade 2 in December at Aqueduct. The two stakes placings earned Zandon a total of 14 points on the Derby track, where he is 14th in the standings.

Brown sent Very motivated to finish second in last year’s Blue Grass, behind eventual Champion 3-Year-Old Essential Quality. Not raced since finishing tenth in the Kentucky Derby last year, Highly Motivated has worked steadily for Brown at the Payson Park Training Center in Florida. Brown said the son of in mischief should be ready to resume operations in April.

NYRA Press Office
Photo: Early Voting winning the Withers in the colors of Klaravich. (Janet Garaguso)