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Lord Miles Captures Wood Memorial, Gains Entry to 2023 Kentucky Derby

Lord Miles Captures Wood Memorial: Longshot Lord Miles secured the biggest win of his career, capturing the Grade 2 Wood Memorial on Saturday at the Aqueduct Racetrack in Queens, New York. The three-year-old colt out of Curlin and Lady Esme stunned the opposition, winning by a nose over 8-5 favorite Hit Show. The five-horse veteran, who was a 59-1 longshot before the start of the Wood Memorial, rallied from off the pace along with Hit Show going to the final stages of the race. As they approached the finish, the duo were trying to fend off Dreamlike, who was on the inside when the horses fought down the stretch. When they hit the wire, Lord Miles emerged victorious by a nose ahead of Hit Show. Dreamlike came in third just a head behind Hit Show. Arctic Arrogance finished fourth. The win gave Lord Miles a ticket to the first Triple Crown event of the year as he earned 100 points. Due to his big performance in the Aqueduct, the horse is expected to pull off a show in the prestigious race and online horseracing betting sites are keeping tabs of the horse from now on.

Lord Miles Captures Wood Memorial: Furious Comeback

From the opening salvo, Lord Miles was among the early pacers in the race, with Arctic Arrogance hustling out of the gate. Lord Miles was just behind Arctic Arrogance, along with Uncle Jack, Dreamlike and Hit Show, who had to break from the far outside. Arctic Arrogance held on to the lead for almost a mile while Uncle Jack would drop to the back of the field after about half a mile. Slip Mahoney, a 4-1 favorite, ran into heavy traffic and bumped hard with General Banker, falling out of contention early. With a furlong remaining in the race, Arctic Arrogance was side-by-side with Dreamlike while Hit Show and Lord Miles are ensuing a rally. In the end, Dreamlike, Lord Miles and Hit Show remained as the last horses standing with Arctic Arrogance fading away after holding the pace for most of the race. Lord Miles finished the race with a time of one minute and 51.17 seconds.

Locking up a Kentucky Derby Spot

Lord Miles gave his owner and breeder Vegso Racing Stable USD400,000 for winning the race. The son of Curlin locked up a spot for the Kentucky Derby as he earned 100 points. Classic Catch finished fifth then Slip Mahoney came in sixth. Shadow Dragon, Knox, Crupi, General Banker, Mr. Swagger and Uncle Jake were the order of the horses after the race. Lord Miles’ big win is considered a surprise for Kentucky Derby picks and parlays that are looking for the favored horses to win the event and cement their entry in the prestigious race. The victory gave the son of Curlin a sure slot to the May 6 event. There is still one more race remaining in the prep races, the Lexington Stakes in Keeneland where the winner will earn 20 points.