NEW YORK - Bob and John is on his way to the Kentucky Derby after running down Keyed Entry in the stretch and winning the $750,000 Wood Memorial at rainy Aqueduct on Saturday.
With Bob and John's victory, trainer Bob Baffert has at least one highly regarded 3-year-old for the Derby on May 6.
In his first race outside California, Bob and John caught pace-setter Keyed Entry at the top of the stretch over a sloppy track and took control inside the eighth pole. Jazil came charging down the stretch and nipped Keyed Entry for second in the nine-horse field.
Bob and John is owned by Stonerside Stable's Bob McNair, who also owns the Houston Texans. In addition to having a Derby prospect, McNair's Texans also have the No. 1 pick in the NFL Draft in a few weeks.
SANTA ANITA DERBY: In Arcadia, Calif., Brother Derek cruised to an easy victory in the $750,000 race, solidifying his status as the heavy favorite for next month's Kentucky Derby.
In his final tuneup before heading to Louisville, Brother Derek used his early speed to take the lead under Alex Solis, letting the rest of the field chase him for 11/8 miles.
Brother Derek covered the distance in 1:48.00.
Point Determined, trained by Bob Baffert, finished second and A.P. Warrior was third.
ASHLAND STAKES: In Lexington, Ky., Bushfire led wire-to-wire to upset Balance, the nation's top filly, in the Ashland Stakes at Keeneland.
Wait a While, trained by Todd Pletcher, finished second. Balance, the top horse on the board at 1-2, faded on the backstretch and finished third.