Slow Track Affected Firenze Fire’s Final Time in Jerome Stakes

Firenze Fire winning the Jerome Stakes (NYRA/Coglianese Photography/Chelsea Durand It’s not every day that you see stakes-caliber horses record a time as slow as 1:42.88 for a mile, but that’s what happened in the $150,000 Jerome Stakes on Saturday, the first of Aqueduct’s 2018 prep races for the Kentucky Derby. On paper, the Jerome should not have been run that slow. After all, the odds-on favorite was Firenze Fire, a two-time graded stakes winner that won the prestigious [...]

Coltandmississippi Might Have an Edge in Jerome Stakes

Firenze Fire winning the Champagne Stakes (gr. I) - Photo courtesy of NYRA/Coglianese Photography In handicapping the $150,000 Jerome Stakes (gr. III) this Saturday at Aqueduct, the key to identifying the winner might not be finding the best horse, but the fittest horse. The one-mile Kentucky Derby prep race was originally scheduled to be run on January 1st, but was postponed due to cold weather and rescheduled for January 13th. This by itself could be enough to throw [...]

Triple Crown Winners Square Off in Caribbean Classic

Arquitecto at Gulfstream Park (Coglianese Photos) Want to see a Triple Crown winner in action this Saturday? No, American Pharoah hasn’t made a surprise comeback, but you can see a Triple Crown winner of a different sort when Gulfstream Park hosts the Clásico Internacional del Caribe on December 9th. The Clásico Internacional del Caribe is a series of five important stakes races held every December for horses bred and/or based in Latin America and the Caribbean. Similar to [...]