Jerome Stakes 2016 at Aqueduct Racetrack

Dave Bond | OTB Writer

Jerome Stakes

Las Vegas, NV - Aqueduct Racetrack in Queens, New York will play host to the Grade 3 Jerome Stakes on Saturday, January 2. A group of newly turned three year old horses will be featured when they take to Aqueduct's dirt track and race one mile 70 yards for the winner's share of the $200,000 purse and the 10 qualifying points toward the Kentucky Derby in May.

A competitive field of nine will give it a go in the Jerome Stakes - race 8 on Aqueduct's Saturday schedule. Post time is 3:50 PM. Let's take a peek into the past performances of all nine combatants for this Road to the Kentucky Derby points gathering Grade 3 stakes.

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Flexibility - Chad Brown trained colt has been good so far in his three race career - a win in his debut and a pair of runner-up finishes in graded stakes races - the Grade 2 Remsen Stakes last time out on this track November 28 and the Grade 3 Nashua Stakes also on this track - November 4. Flexibility has been knocking on the door but still seeks his first graded stakes win - from gate 4 with Irad Ortiz aboard. He seems to be in a good position to do that this weekend

Bird of Trey - has placed in all five career starts for trainer John Servis - two wins, two seconds and a third place finish - all at Parx. He races in graded stakes company for the first time Saturday off a nice win by an impressive 7 1/4 lengths in the minor Pennsylvania Nursery Stakes December 5, a second in an Allowance October 26 and a second in the minor Hall of Fame Stakes in September. Bird of Trey has been in every race so far in his career and hopes for more of the same in his step up in competition - from gate 6 with Kendrick Carmouche in the irons.

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King Krantz - John Terranova trained colt has two seconds and two third place finishes in five career starts. He looks for his first career win Saturday in decent form. Last time out was a second in a MSW here December 5 after a third in the minor James F. Lewis Stakes at Laurel Park November 14 and a very respectable second in the Grade 2 Futurity Stakes at Belmont Park October 17. King Krantz has looked good so far in his career and may be overdue for his first win. Jockey Cornelio Velazquez will try to accomplish that goal Saturday in his first trip around two turns from gate 8.

Vorticity - has two wins and a third place finish in three career starts for trainer James Lawrence. He makes his graded stakes debut off a good win in the minor Marylander Stakes at Laurel Park December 5, a maiden score on this track November 8 and a third in his debut. Vorticity has definitely been trending upward ahead of this weekend and will try to keep the roll going from post 5 with Jose Ortiz guiding the 120 pound highweight.

Condo King - will hit the track for the fourth time for trainer Rudy Rodriguez having posted a win, a second and a third place finish so far - all at sprint distances. He steps into stakes company for the first time Saturday off a maiden score over King Krantz on this track December 5, a third in a MSW here November 8 and a second in his debut in May. Condo King has improved every time out and hopes to keep the roll going from post 7 with Ruben Silvera in the saddle.

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Donegal Moon - has a win, a second and a third place finish in five career starts for trainer Todd Pletcher. Last time out was a rather disappointing stakes debut - a fifth after setting the pace and fading in the Grade 2 Remsen Stakes here November 28. It followed a maiden score in gate-to-wire fashion October 23, a second and a third and a sixth in MSW races to start his career. He had been trending upward before last time out and will be out to bounce back from post 3. Manuel Franco gets the call.

Silent Assassin - has three career starts for trainer Nick Zito with a win and a third place finish. He enters off a Maiden Claiming score on this track November 9 after a third in a similar race October 16 and a seventh in his debut. Silent Assassin has improved every time out but takes an enormous step up into stakes company Saturday. Angel Arroyo has been tabbed to ride from the rail in Silent Assassin's dirt debut.

Let Me Go First - has three career starts for trainer Blane Servis with a win and a third place finish - all at Parx. He makes his stakes debut Saturday after a maiden score November 22 and a third and a fifth in similar races to start his career. Roberto Rosado rides in Let Me Go First's huge step up on competition - from the outside post 9.

In Equality - will make his stakes debut Saturday for trainer Leah Gyarmati having posted just one win in three career starts so far. That win came last time out on this track December 13 after a fourth and a fifth respectively in a pair of MSW to start his career. Junior Alvarado will be in the saddle from gate 2 Saturday as In Equality tries to make some noise in his stakes debut.

2016 Jerome Stakes Entries & Odds

Race 8 on Aqueduct's Saturday card with a Post Time of 3:50 PM.

Entry Horse Jockey Trainer ML Odds
1 Silent Assassin Angel Arroyo Nicholas Zito
2 In Equality Junior Alvarado Leah Gyarmati
3 Donegal Moon Manuel Franco Todd Pletcher
4 Flexibility Irad Ortiz, Jr. Chad Brown
5 Vorticity Jose Ortiz James Lawrence, II
6 Bird of Trey Kendrick Carmouche John Servis
7 Condo King Ruben Silvera Rudy Rodriguez
8 King Kranz Cornelio Velasquez John Terranova, II
9 Let Me Go First Roberto Rosado Blane Servis

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