Max Player Back On The Work Tab, ‘Training Towards The Wood’

George E. Hall’s Grade 3 Withers victor Max Player resumed serious business on Wednesday morning for trainer Linda Rice, breezing an easy half-mile in 50.24 seconds over the Belmont Park training track.

The dark bay son of second-crop stallion Honor Code garnered 10 qualifying points towards the Grade 1, $3 million Kentucky Derby in the 1 1/8-mile event, which he won by 3 ¼ lengths under jockey Dylan Davis.

The Grade 2, $750,000 Wood Memorial presented by Resorts World Casino on April 4 at Aqueduct remains the next target for Max Player. The 1 1/8 event is the final local prep on the Road to the Kentucky Derby which offers top four finishers 100-40-20-10 points.

“He went fine, it was just get him going again,” Rice said of the work. “We’re training towards the Wood so we’re getting him started again. We’re going to give him a little time in between works right now and as we get closer to the race, we’ll do an every-seven-day schedule.”

Meanwhile, Chris Fountoukis’ Jimmy Winkfield winner Montauk Traffic, a gray son of Cross Traffic, remains on target for the Grade 3, $300,000 Gotham on March 7. That race offers 50-20-10-5 Kentucky Derby qualifying points to the top-four finishers.

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