04/06/2012 5:57PM

Column Companion: SA Derby, Wood History


Here's the 50-year rundown on Santa Anita Derby and Wood Memorial winners and how they fared in the Kentucky Derby, the topic of the Saturday column you can read by clicking here.


Those summary stats at the bottom of the chart reflect a pretty dramatic shift: From 1962 through 1989, SA Derby and Wood winners were 10 for 45 in the Kentucky Derby, with a winner of one of those races going on to a Derby victory in 10 of 28 years. Starting with 1990, however, those horses are just 1 for 34 over 22 years.

At Aqueduct tomorrow, the first of 11 races goes at 12:50 pm, with the Wood scheduled as the 9th at 5:15 pm, the third leg of an all-stakes pick-4 on races 7-10 consisting of the G3 Comely, the G3 Bay Shore, the G1 Wood and the G1 Carter. The Wood will be televised nationally on NBC on a 90-minute telecast beginning at 4:30 pm ET that also includes live coverage of the Santa Anita Derby and the Ashland at Keeneland.

Yuwipi More than 1 year ago
Apologies for the oxoxox previous comment. This system is somewhat irksome occasionally. Nice chart Steve. Only two exactas in fifty years! Wonder what that bodes, if anything, for a I'll Have Another/Gemologist one-two finish this year? I'm sure quite a few of the unsuccessful winners took tons of cash in the KD.
Eddie More than 1 year ago
Statistically, it almost appears that the Wood Memorial and Santa Anita Derby have become tune-ups or prep races for the Kentucky Derby. However when you consider the purses for these two races that can hardly be the case.
Fred Reardon More than 1 year ago
Good luck, Steve. Will look forward to viewing your comments from home. They never hurt.
James Tunick More than 1 year ago
Steve, I love your charts. However, in my opinion, this one should have contained the first three finishers of the Wood and Santa Anita Derby, as a couple of these horses stick ot as winning the Derby, such as Ferdinand and Funny Cide.
Dan Adler More than 1 year ago
Steve, The Wood & SA Derby is on NBC not the NBC Sports network tomorrow. Have a good day at the Big A.