Jerome Stakes

  • Location: Aqueduct Racetrack, New York City
  • Inaugural Race: 1866
  • Distance: One mile, 70 yards
  • Track Type: Left-handed, Dirt
  • Age Qualifications: Three-year-olds
  • 2020 Purse: $150,000
  • 2020 Race Date: Wednesday, January 1st
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The Jerome Stakes tends to land on January 1st every year at Aqueduct in New York. Even if the race doesn't start on Jan. 1, the Jerome is traditionally the first race of the new year on the Road to the Kentucky Derby.


2020 Jerome Stakes Entries & Results

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3
Independence Hall
Jose L. Ortiz
Michael J. Trombetta
$2.20
$2.10
1
Prince of Pharoahs
Kendrick Carmouche
Linda Rice
$2.10
7
Bourbon Bay
Jose Lezcano
Mark A. Hennig
$2.10
6
Celtic Striker
Manuel Franco
Raymond Handal
5
Polar Bear Pete
Dylan Davis
Edward R. Baker
4
Dubai Bobby
Luis A. Rodriguez Castro
Chad Summers

 

Exotic Payoffs:

  • $2 Exacta (3-1) Paid: $4.30
  • $1 Trifecta (3-1-7) Paid: $2.60
  • $1 Superfecta (3-1-7-6) Paid: $14.80

Watch the 2020 Jerome Stakes

 


The History of the Jerome Stakes

The Jerome Stakes is one of the oldest stakes races in the United States. For many years it was known as the Jerome Handicap and was held after the Kentucky Derby in September, but it was moved to April for 2011 and 2012 before moving again to its current slot at the beginning of January in 2013.

Many great horses have won the Jerome Stakes in the past, including Aristides, Fair Play, Capot, Hill Prince, Tom Fool, Bold Ruler, Kelso, Carry Back, Chateaugay, Bold Bidder, and Fusaichi Pegasus.

Today it’s a solid part of the Aqueduct circuit of Derby prep races, and the first race of the year for which points are available on the Road to the Kentucky Derby table. The first four runners to finish are given points on a 10-4-2-1 basis.

The best winner of the race since its move to January was probably multiple graded stakes winner Vyjack in 2013.


Historical Results for Jerome Stakes

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2020
Independence Hall
Jose L. Ortiz
Michael J. Trombetta
Eclipse Thoroughbred Partners
2019
Mind Control
John R. Velazquez
Gregory D. Sacco
Red Oak Stable (Brunetti) and Madaket Stables, LLC
2018
Firenze Fire
Manuel Franco
Jason Servis
Mr. Amore Stables
2017
El Areeb
Trevor McCarthy
Cathal Lynch
M M G Stables, LLC
2016
Flexibility
Irad Ortiz, Jr.
Chad C. Brown
Klaravich Stables/Lawrence
2015
El Kabeir
Charles C. Lopez
John P. Terranova II
Zayat Stables
2014
Noble Moon
Irad Ortiz, Jr.
Leah Gyarmati
Treadway Racing Stable
2013
Vyjack
Cornelio Velasquez
Rudy R. Rodriguez
Pick Six Racing
2012
The Lumber Guy
Michael J. Luzzi
Michael E. Hushion
Barry K. Schwartz
2011
Adios Charlie
Rajiv Maragh
Stanley M. Hough
S. M. Hough/Robert Sahn

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