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Wood Memorial is next for Derby hopeful Alpha
Trainer hopes he's making right calls for Alpha on the road to the Kentucky Derby
By The Associated Press

It's a hectic yet hopeful time for Kiaran McLaughlin in his pursuit of the Kentucky Derby.

The trainer of Alpha just couldn't seem to make up his mind where to race his promising 3-year-old colt for a final prep before heading to Churchill Downs for the Derby on May 5. One day it's the Florida Derby, another it's the Louisiana Derby, and another it's the Wood Memorial.

The latest? The Wood at Aqueduct on April 7 has the nod.

Alpha hasn't run since early February, and is No. 5 in the AP's latest Run to the Roses Top 10 list of Derby contenders. Union Rags remains No. 1 going into Saturday's Florida Derby, his final prep before the Kentucky Derby.

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