Undefeated The Lumber Guy will get tested for class today as he makes his initial start in graded company in today’s $1 million Wood Memorial at Aqueduct.
Owned by Barry Schwartz, The Lumber Guy parades postward this afternoon perfect in his two prior starts. The son of Grand Slam broke his maiden in his career debut at Aqueduct in January and returned to win the seven-furlong Miracle Wood Stakes at Laurel last time out on Feb. 25.
Despite the colt’s inexperience, Schwartz and trainer Michael Hushion did not hesitate to enter their colt in the Wood Memorial.
“I’d rather take a mini-step first time two turns, but we’re talking about the Wood so sometimes you do things you wouldn’t ordinarily do,” Hushion told NYRA Press this week. “His race in Maryland was pretty straightforward. He came out of the gate, stumbled, took off, and said goodbye.”
“[Going to the Wood] is not something you’d usually do, but you only get one shot with 3-year-olds,” said Schwartz.
With The Lumber Guy having already demonstrated the ability to seize the lead in sprints, Hushion expects his colt to be the one to catch in the Wood Memorial.
“I don’t know if we’re going to have much of a choice other than to be on the lead,” said Hushion. “But I love the way he’s been acting. I’m very happy with the way he’s coming into the race.”
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