The Jerome Stakes on January 1 mark not only the start of a new racing year, but also the start of the 3-year stretch of the icy New York road to the Kentucky Derby presented by Woodford Reserve (G1).
For coach Jeremiah O’Dwyer, this is familiar ground.
In 2019, O’Dwyer coached the winner of the Remsen Stakes (G2) Shotski and chose to start the son of Blame 3-year campaign in the Withers Stakes (G3), Aqueduct circuit‘s early February stops on its Triple Crown Trail.
Shotski finished second in the Withers and was out for almost 11 months after a subsequent fourth place finish in the Fasig-Tipton Fountain of Youth Stakes (G2) at Gulfstream Park.
O’Dwyer’s newest Triple Crown prospect has also seen success in the New York Racing Association’s youth stakes, though not on the same scale as Shotski, and also begins his 3-year season in the winter. from New York.
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Coach Jeremiah O’Dwyer
At Cheyenne Stable Cooke Creek , O’Dwyer has a well-bred breed Uncle Mo foal who finished second Belmont Parkfrom a mile Nashua Stakes (G3) on November 7 and returns from nearly two months of refreshment to face seven rivals on Saturday in the $ 150,000 Jerome for newly shot 3-year-olds the same one-lap distance and of eight stadiums Saturday at Big A.
“We don’t have a lot of coupons like him so we don’t rush him. If we miss one race there is always another. We gave him 30 days off after Nashua and that looks like a good one. place to start again, “said O’Dwyer, who will run the son of mare Bernardini Genre for the third time in a row at a distance of one mile. “We’re hoping to get him back a couple of turns, maybe in the Withers.”
The Jerome is one of three New Years Stakes across the country that are included in the Road to the Kentucky Derby Points Series and will award the top four 10-4-2-1 qualifying points. With 11 races of 17 points on the program before the start of the races of 85 points on February 19, the JÃ©rÃ´me will not assure any of the eight starters a place on the starting grid on the first Saturday in May. Still, it offers a nice scholarship for an unranked issue and will shine a light on a 3-year-old’s future chances in longer, bigger stakes.
âIf we have to go to Florida with him we can. But New York is a good option now. He’s going to be covering a fair amount of ground and he’s definitely a nice asset this time of year,â said O’Dwyer on a colt who won two of three starts and was victorious at a distance of two laps in the Rocky Run Stakes from October 16 to Delaware park. “He’s not one-dimensional but he needs a little more racing experience. The more he runs, the stronger and better he gets.”
O’Dwyer said Cooke Creek is a bit more aggressive in his training than Shotski, but said there are similarities in the way they both move.
âThey’re similar in some ways,â he said, âand we’re hoping that Cooke Creek can take us down the same path as Shotski and maybe climb the ranks a little higher.â
Cooke Creek was bred in Kentucky by the Candy Meadows kennel of Cheyenne owner Everett Dobson and is the second of four Gender foals. He is the first Stakes winner for his Grade 1 and Grade 3 Stakes winning dam, who also has a Violence one year old foal War front weaned foal.
Mr. Jefferson breaks his young daughter at Colonial Downs
Speaking of the Remsen, Jerome Field also includes R. Larry Johnson’s homebred Mr. Jefferson , who finished fourth in the Dec. 4 stakes, 10 lengths behind the winner Mo Donegal . Raised in Maryland, the son of Constitution won two of the four races before that, winning both Laurier Park and Colonial stockings for trainer Michael Trombetta.
âThe slow pace hurt his chances a bit (in the Remsen) and that made him miss it. They were bottled, but I think the top two horses were very good horses,â said Trombetta, who won the Jerome 2020 with Independence Hall .
The Jerome, which drew four entrants making their stakes debut, also serves as an inviting place to test a promising grass runner on dirt, just in case there is a Triple Crown contender obscured by the green glow of the grass.
Ohtwoohthreefive smashes her young daughter on the grass in Belmont Park
In this case, James Politano Ohtwoohthreefive will race on gravel for the first time after posting a 1-2-2 record in six turf starts for coach George Weaver. The son of Union rags just lost his nose in the Central Park Stakes Nov. 27 on the turf at Aqueduct.
Among these four newcomers to the stakes competition are Hill ‘n’ Dale Equine Holdings and James Spry’s Courvoisier , a Tapit colt of Take Charge Brandi, the 2-year-old filly, several times grade 1 champion in 2014. First winner of his fourth try for trainer Kelly Breen, he was bought by Hill ‘n’ Dale from Xalapa for $ 600,000 at the Keeneland Breeding Sale in November 2019.
Bred by Elevage II and Hill ‘n’ Dale Equine Holdings, he is the third of five foals and the first winner of his dam, whose offspring also include Exactly , a yearling To justify filly, and a weaned Quality road filly.
Entries: Jerome S.
Aqueduct Racetrack, Saturday January 01, 2022, Course 8
- $ 150,000
- 3 years
- 3:50 p.m. (local)