Old Time Revival “doing good” in advance of Wood Memorial
Old Time Revival (between horses) was second in the Miracle Wood. Photo by Laurie Asseo.
From a NYRA release
Godolphin Racing’s Grade 3 Gotham winner Enticed is set for a return appearance in New York on Saturday for his final race ahead of the Kentucky Derby and has been tabbed as the 6-5 favorite in a field of nine for the 94th running of the Grade 2, $1 million Wood Memorial for 3-year-olds at Aqueduct Racetrack.
One of the runners he’ll have to overcome is Gotham runner-up Old Time Revival, based at Laurel Park in trainer Kenny Decker’s barn.
Old Time Revival is 6-1 on the morning line and will make his first try around two turns.
The son of Brethren closed out his 2-year-old season with a 4 ¾-length maiden win and finished a troubled seventh in his seasonal bow in January and came back with a front-running trip in the Miracle Wood on February 17 at Laurel Park, where he was reeled in at the last minute by multiple stakes winner Sill Having Fun.
Old Time Revival got a similar setup in the Gotham and pressed ahead on an honest pace as a 35-1 longshot, but could not hold off Enticed, who kicked clear in the stretch and geared down under the wire.
“Everything’s doing good, so we’re excited to make the trip,” Decker said. “He seems to be getting better every time we go. It seems like the further we go, the better he does. So we’ll see on Saturday, but right now, everything looks good.”
Jeremy Rose, who picked up the mount on Old Time Revival in the Gotham, will be back aboard. The pair will break from post four.
Old Time Revival has 20 points on the Kentucky Derby points leaderboard. That places him 29th currently, and he will need a top three finish to have a shot at making the Derby field. The Wood offers 100 points to the winner, 40 to the runner-up, and 20 to the show horse.
The field also includes the Bob Baffert-trained shipper Restoring Hope (4-1); Todd Pletcher’s Grade 3-placed Vino Rosso (9-2); and last year’s Grade 1 Champagne winner Firezen Fire (6-1), who was fourth in the Gotham.