Meet the Contenders: 2024 Jerome Stakes

January 3rd, 2024

Meet the horses running in the 2024 Jerome at Aqueduct. For each horse, we're listing a pro, a con, and a rating of potential. The star rating of 1 to 5 represents opportunity to perform well. Be sure to follow these contenders by adding them to your stable alerts.

Drum Roll Please captured an Oct. 6 maiden at Aqueduct (Photo by Coglianese Photography)

#1 Drum Roll Please           *****

Pro: Track-and-distance maiden winner exits solid third in Remsen (G2).

Con: Has lost ground late in three of his four outings.

Khanate wis at Keeneland (Photo by Coady Photography)

#2 Khanate                        **

Pro: Impressive Keeneland grad given another chance after Churchill allowance flop.

Con: Aside from the maiden win, hasn’t shown a whole lot.

Sweet Soddy (Photo by Coady Photography)

#3 Sweet Soddy J               **

Pro: Crushed stakes foes at Laurel last time to snap five-race losing skid.

Con: Inconsistency against this kind is a notable drawback.


El Grande O (Photo by Coglianese Photography/Credited to Chelsea Durand)

#4 El Grande O                  ****

Pro: Two-time NY-bred stakes winner enters fresh with winning track and distance experience.

Con: Has often caught off tracks, so might be formidable if it’s wet.

Aqueduct (Photo by Coglianese Photos)

#5 Regalo                          ***

Pro: Dominated overnight foes in last two at Laurel, ready for step up in competition.

Con: Brisnet Speed ratings are relatively light, but open to improvement.