Irish War Cry Wins the Wood Memorial


Irish War Cry had a decisive win on Saturday, bouncing back after a disappointing seventh place finish in the GII Xpressbet Fountain of Youth S. at Gulfstream Mar. 4.

But the real comeback story here was jockey, Rajiv Maragh.

Maragh, 31, returned to the saddle Nov. 4 following a serious spill at Belmont Park in July 2015. The accident left him with several broken vertebrae, a broken rib, and a punctured lung, and required extensive and often painful rehabilitation.

“When I was down and out, these are the days I dreamed about,” said Maragh, who also guided home 2014 GI Wood Memorial hero Wicked Strong. “These are the days that made me feel I wanted to ride. You never know if you’ll get them again after being off so long. I can’t be more thankful for everyone who has been there for my recovery and supporting me now that I’m back. I’ve never been so emotional after a race in my life as I was after this.”

Read more here: http://www.thoroughbreddailynews.com/irish-war-cry-bounces…/

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