NEW YORK (AP) - Wicked Strong pulled a 9-1 upset in the $1 million Wood Memorial for 3-year-olds on Saturday at Aqueduct.
The surprising victory earned the colt $590,000 in purse money, and 100 qualifying points for the Kentucky Derby. He now has more than enough points to enter the Run for the Roses.
Wicked Strong wasn't prominent in the Derby discussion before the Wood. The win was only his second in six starts, and his first in a stakes.
Rajiv Maragh was aboard as Wicked Strong barreled down the center of the track, beating the previously undefeated Samraat by 3½ lengths.
Trained by Jimmy Jerkens, the son of Hall of Famer Allen Jerkens, Wicked Strong paid $20.40, $7.80 and $4.20.
Samraat, 5 for 5 coming in, returned $4.80 and $3 as he edged Social Inclusion by a nose for place.
Social Inclusion, the 8-5 favorite, paid $2.70 to show.
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