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Jerome Stakes 2021 Preview, Odds, Predictions

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The Jerome Stakes is a listed stakes race for thoroughbred horses run each January at one mile 70 yards on the inner dirt track at Aqueduct Racetrack. It is open to three-year-olds and currently carries a purse of $150,000.

The race is a Road to the Kentucky Derby Prep Season qualifying race. The winner receives 10 points toward qualifying for the Kentucky Derby.

The Jerome is the second oldest stakes race in the country and in 2021 will be in its 151st running. Named after Leonard W. Jerome, the founder of the old Jerome Park Racetrack in The Bronx, a predecessor to Belmont Park…        Mr. Jerome was the grandfather of The Right Honourable Sir Winston Churchill.

The Jerome Stakes is the first stop for newly turned 3-year-olds on the Road to the Kentucky Derby, awarding its first four finishers a total of 17 points toward the Kentucky Derby starting gate. The race was first run in 1866 and is the second-oldest stakes race in the United States.



It is time to begin the 2021 version of the road to the Kentucky Derby, /It begins with the one turn Jerome Stakes at one mile find the top four finishers each receiving points to qualify for the Derby in May.

January 1st is the birthday for all thoroughbred horses . That means this is the first race for the three year olds.

The post time is scheduled ofor3:30 pm ET

  • Location: Aqueduct Racetrack, New York City
  • Inaugural Race: 1866
  • Distance: One mile, 70 yards
  • Track Type: Left-handed, Dirt
  • Age Qualifications: Three-year-olds
  • 2021 Purse: $150,000
  • 2021 Race Date: Friday, January 1st


Capo Kane is set at 8/1 odds to win. He had been claimed four time in California and sold for $28,000 las t time . Trained by Harold Wyner, he ran his debut in October in a seven furlongs ona sloppy track and then broke his maiden i November . In that race he drifted out of the stretch. This horse is unlikely to finish in the money.

Swill is 9/5 odds to win and has not broke his maiden on the third try. He finished fourth at the Kentucky Jockey Club in a cluster of nine. Trained by Brad Cox, this horse has the moxie to win it all.

Hold the Salsa is 7/2 odds to win and trained , ownd and bred by Richard Lugovich. This is been the mos successful year for this trainer. He has never raced a foal before. This horse won at Belmont Park in Julyat 26/1 odds defeating Jackie’s Warrior. In the field, Hold the Salsa is the leading money inner.

New York bred Eagle Orb enters as 5/2 odds to win. Trained by Rudy Rodriquez he finished second at Belmont Park and lost to Brooklyn Strong. He won the Notebook at Aqueduct which is six furlongs . He could win but prefers shorter distances,

 Original son of Quality Road is 9/2 odds to win. This horse made its debut in October at Belmont Park and used blinkers. This is its third career start. Likely not a contenddr to win.

Jerome Stakes Predictions

Don’t look for the eventual Kentucky Derby winner to be in this field.

Box Swill, Eagle Orb, Hold the Salsa to be on the money. We like Swill to win.

Summary: It is unlikely that this field of five contains a serious Kentucky Derby contender, and it might not even produce a Derby starter. Still, qualifying points will go to all but one of these 3-year-olds when the one-turn mile is complete.

Based on his fourth-place finish in the Kentucky Jockey Club, Swill appears to have a class edge over the two New York-bred stakes winners Eagle Orb and Hold the Salsa. Eagle Orb ran second behind a good horse in Brooklyn Strong and then won his next start. Hold the Salsa is the leading money winner in the field and is a threat to win also.


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