The Jerome Stakes is the first graded stakes race of the year in New York. The Grade 2 Jerome is only open to 3-year olds and is part of the Road to the Kentucky Derby. The Jerome will award needed points to the top four finishers at a rate of 10 points for first, four for second, two for third and the fourth place finisher will earn one point. This year’s edition will be held this weekend at Aqueduct and will cover one mile and 70 yards on the dirt. Eight horses are confirmed for this year’s edition so let’s take a look at them
Jerome Field Breakdown
|1||Noble Moon||6-5||I. Ortiz||Third last time out at the G2 Nashua Stakes in November. Wants to set the pace|
|2||Scotland||7-2||D. Cohen||Second last out in MSW at Aqueduct and second by a head at Laurel in only other start. Did have a bullet 5F workout recently|
|3||Lawmaker||8-1||J. Ortiz||Second career start and comes off a debut victory at Laurel making up 3F in the stretch|
|4||Pin and Win||30-1||A. Castellano||Uninspiring fourth last out at the Don Rickles over this track|
|5||Matuszak||15-1||R. Maragh||Sixth last out in the G2 Remsen, Needs a big improvement|
|6||Mental Iceberg||20-1||A. Arroyo||Eighth last out in the G2 Remsen. Baring a shocker I do not see it.|
|7||Classic Giacnroll||5-1||A. Solis||Was riding a two race winning streak before falling in first stakes competion in the Marylander Stakes|
|8||Master Lightning||6-1||C. Velasquez||Returns to grades stakes off an option claiming victory over this track. Previously finished ninth in the Nashua and fifth in Remsen|
It appears to be a fairly week field for this year’s edition. The odds makers are pretty confident in Noble Moon putting him as the clear favorite at 6-5. The maiden, Scotland, is the second choice and is winless in a short career. The third choice, Classic Giacnroll, failed in his first stakes competition but did win two in a row prior.
In my opinion there is only two way to look at the 2014 edition of the Jerome Stakes. The first is to just watch the running of the Jerome and look for signs that a Kentucky Derby Contender is inside one of them. The other is to ignore Noble Moon (1) as the 6-5 morning line favorite. Why? I do not see any horse in this field worthy of 6-5 billing especially given that he will probably hit the gate at 3-2.
For me it comes down to two horses with value. When I speak of value, and I am asked this a lot, it is not the same for each and every race. I do not believe in blanket value. In some races the value might be at 14-1 while others value might be 4-1 based on how I believe they will finish. I see two horses with real value in this year’s edition of the Jerome.
Classic Giacnroll (7) is owned and trained by Lisa Guerrero and is as live in this field as any. He missed in his stakes debut but that was a muddy track where he still finished third. He was the winner of two straight prior to the miss in the Marylander. I am also a fan of Alex Solis on a young mount. I would expect to see in the neighborhood of 4-1 at the gate for a solid play.
Meanwhile, Lawmaker (3) is a question mark making his second career start after breaking his maiden in a debut at Laurel. He did put up as impressive a performance in his debut as any in this field. Lawmaker was able to get up for a one length victory after rallying in the stretch. If you look at that race the move was more impressive than many give him credit for. He is fresh and raw but there could be a very big step forward for the youngster at the Jerome. If you get 6-1 or better than he is worth the play.
If you are the type of bettor who likes the exotics you might want to think about a $2 Exacta box and a $1 Trifecta.
Value Betting The Jerome Stakes
|$2 Exacta Box||$1 Trifecta|
|Lawmaker (3)||Lawmaker (3), Classic Giacnroll (7)|
|Classic Giacnroll (7)||With|
|Scotland (2)||Lawmaker (3), Classic Giacnroll (7), Scotland (2), Master Ligtning (8)|
Who will win the 2014 Jerome Stakes?
- Lawnmaker (67%, 2 Votes)
- Scotland (33%, 1 Votes)
- Noble Moon (0%, 0 Votes)
- Classic Giacnroll (0%, 0 Votes)
- Other (Please Leave Comment) (0%, 0 Votes)
Total Voters: 3