Wood Memorial next objective for unbeaten Vyjack
"He said he was a little concerned because when the other horse pushed him outside he was (wider than he wanted to be), but it looked like he did everything he was supposed to do. We were very, very happy to see him do what he did yesterday, especially when everything was winning close to the pace."
Rodriguez noted how Vyjack has matured since his victory in the Grade 2 Jerome on January 5.
"His mind is more settled," Rodriguez said. "Pretty much, you have to let him do what he wants to do without pushing him."
Vyjack's owner, David Wilkenfeld of Pick Six Racing, said after Saturday's race that he and Rodriguez will keep the Grade 1, $1 million Wood Memorial over Aqueduct's main track on April 6 as their next objective.
"He was training before on the main track, and he ran very good (in a maiden special weight in November and the Traskwood overnight stakes on December 9 on the main track)," Rodriguez remarked. "So far, he's been very good, so, hopefully he'll keep going that way, and, hopefully we'll keep him sound."
Overanalyze, beaten favorite and fifth-place finisher in the Gotham, was bound for Palm Meadows Sunday morning.
"He pulled up great," said Whit Beckman, assistant to trainer Todd Pletcher. "No real excuse for him from a physical standpoint. We sent him back to Florida and Todd will take a look at him."
Elnaawi, third in the Gotham, appeared to emerge from the race in good shape and the Shadwell Stable representative could make his next appearance in the 1 1/8-mile Wood Memorial alongside Vyjack.
"Great run, we were happy with him," said Art Magnuson, assistant to trainer Kiaran McLaughlin. "He appears fine now and the plan is the Wood."
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