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The New York Racing Association, Inc. Sunday announced the return of a bonus program for potential starters in the Grade 2, $750,000 Wood Memorial on Saturday, April 6 at Aqueduct Racetrack that could increase the total purse to $1 million.
As a rich incentive for the 1 1/8-mile Wood Memorial, a purse bonus of $250,000 will be applied if any horse in the field that is declared an official starter registers a Grade 1 or Group 1 victory prior to running in the 95th edition of the Wood Memorial. Should a Grade or Group 1 winner become an official starter and trigger the increase, the Wood Memorial winner would earn $535,000, with the runner-up garnering $185,000 and third-place collecting $100,000.
The prestigious Wood Memorial, which is part of the official ‘
The lucrative Wood Memorial card is bolstered by four additional graded stakes races including the Grade 1, $400,000 Carter; the Grade 2, $300,000 Gazelle; the Grade 3, $250,000 Bay Shore; and the Grade 3, $150,000 Excelsior.