04/03/2010 4:46PM

Aqueduct: Eskendereya romps in Wood


  Eskendereya (9th, $3.00) lived up to expectations, and perhaps exceeded them, with a dominating victory in the $750,000 Wood Memorial.

  Under a hand ride from John Velazquez, the Todd Pletcher-trained Eskendereya widened to a 9 3/4-length triumph in the Grade 1 Wood. Jackson Bend outgamed Awesome Act by a head for second money.

  Eskendereya ran the 1 1/8 miles on a fast track in 1:49.97 - significantly faster than Goldsville (8th, $5.10) ran the Excelsior (1:51.43) a race earlier.