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Wood Memorial Track Notes


Mo Town

Trainer Tony Dutrow said Uncle Mo's five furlong workout in 1:02 on Saturday went well and that the colt is ready for the Wood Memorial.

"He went very, very good," said Dutrow. "He really couldn't be much better."

Saturday's move was the colt's fourth breeze since finishing fifth as the 3-2 favorite in his season debut in the Risen Star Stakes back on Feb. 25.

Mo Town will be ridden in the Wood Memorial by Javier Castellano. John Velazquez was on board in the Risen Star.

"He is proven over the Aqueduct racetrack, so that was the biggest decision maker," said Dutrow of the Remsen Stakes winner. "We've been training him the same way and he's been responding to it, so I just kept things the way they've been. Javier rode him in his first start, and he's watched him in his other races, so he knows the horse. I think we're excellent."

Mo Town was scheduled to ship from Florida today.

Irish War Cry

Yesterday at Fair Hill Training Center in Maryland, Irish War breezed six furlongs in 1.13:40.

Irish War Cry be coming off a nearly five-week break from racing after running poorly in the Fountain of Youth Stakes in early March.

"That's why I chose the race, because I like the five weeks and the rest," traienr Graham Motion said.

Irish War Cry, who posted a career-high 101 Beyer Speed Figure in winning the Holy Bull on Feb. 4, will be running at the Wood distance of 1 1/8 mile for the first time.

"Certainty I don't know for sure he's going to handle it, but I don't know why he wouldn't," Motion said.

Motion won with his only previous Wood starter, Toby's Corner in 2011. Rajiv Maragh will have the call on the son of Curlin for the first time. Maragh won the 2014 Wood aboard Wicked Strong.

"I was keen to have another rider who was familiar with the New York circuit," Motion said.

Irish War Cry is expected to arrive in New York from Maryland on Wednesday.

Edited NYRA release


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