04/09/2011 5:09PM

Wood Memorial: Toby's Corner springs upset; Uncle Mo fades to third

David Alcosser
Toby's Corner, shown winning the Wood Memorial, pleased trainer Graham Motion with the way he worked out Sunday at the Fair Hill Training Center.

OZONE PARK, N.Y. – Toby’s Corner split horses inside the eighth pole and outfinished 20-1 Arthur’s Tale to win the $1,000,000 Wood Memorial by a neck, as 1-9 favorite Uncle Mo faded late to wind up third after setting the pace.

Uncle Mo was a bit slow to load, but broke cleanly and set fractions of 23.49, 47.98 and 1:12.28 under John Velazquez, before weakening in the lane.

Toby’s Corner, a son of 2005 Wood winner Bellamy Road, and the distant second choice in a field of nine 3-year-olds, caught Arthur’s Tale in the final yards while racing with blinkers on for the first time. It was a length back from Arthur’s Tale to Uncle Mo in third.

Toby's Corner is trained by Graham Motion. Toby’s Corner ran 1 1/8 miles in 1:49.93 on a fast main track, and earned $600,000 for owner Dianne Cotter.

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Arthur’s Tale, coming off a first-level allowance win 18 days earlier, caught Uncle Mo inside the furlong grounds from the far outside, but couldn’t stave off the winner.

Norman Asbjornson finished fourth, 3 1/4 lengths behind Uno. Isn’t He Perfect finished fifth.