Review of Jerome Stakes at Aqueduct on January 1, 2019

Race 8. Jerome Stakes. For three-year-old at 1 mile and 70 yards on dirt. Purse $150,000.

The Jerome Stakes awards 10-4-2-1 points to the top four finishers toward entry in the May 4 Kentucky Derby Presented by Woodford Reserve (G I).


PP Horse Jockey Trainer M/L
1 Direct Order Jose Lezcano Jason Servis 5/1
2 Family Biz Dylan Davis Edward Barker 10/1
3 Mind Control John Velazquez Gregory Sacco 9/5
4 Our Braintrust Jorge Vargas, Jr. Cathal Lynch 8/1
5 Gates of Dawn Frankie Pennington John Servis 6/1
6 Souper Jackpot Junior Alvarado Mark Casse 2/1

Mind Control is the winner of the Hopeful Stakes (GI) at Saratoga Race Course. He was originally entered in the Claiborne Breeders’ Futurity (GI) but was scratched due to illness. In his next start in the Sentient Jet Breeders’ Cup Juvenile (GI) at Churchill Downs, he stumbled leaving the gate but was able to finish seventh.

Our Braintrust won his debut May 3 at Laurel Park before taking the Tremont Stakes at Belmont Park over Sombeyay. In his next and most recent start, Our Braintrust finished second in the Maryland Juvenile Futurity back at Laurel after a six-month break.

Sombeyay won the Sanford Stakes (GIII), and his two subsequent races he has placed fourth: Hopeful Stakes and Claiborne Breeders Futurity (GI).

Souper Jackpot posted a half-length win in his second start Nov. 7 going six furlongs at Churchill and then returned to finish second by a neck in the Smooth Air Stakes at Gulfstream Park.

Direct Order broke his maiden on October 15 at Parx Racing. His next race an allowance race at Aqueduct he won by  a neck. His career record is 2-0-1 for four starts.

Family Biz broke his maiden after four tries on November 11 at Aqueduct.

Gates of Dawn has started twice and broke his maiden on November 17 at Parx Racing.

Our Top Three Picks:

  • Mind Control
  • Our Braintrust
  • Sombeyay





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