Meet the Contenders: Pros, Cons, and horse ratings for the 2023 Iroquois S.

September 13th, 2023

Contenders for the 2023 Iroquois Stakes, a prep race on the Road to Kentucky Derby 150.

  1. Liberal Arts
  2. West Saratoga
  3. Union Roll
  4. Edified
  5. Market Street
  6. Seize the Grey
  7. Gettysburg Address
  8. Risk It
  9. Patriot Spirit


Liberal Arts

Liberal Arts. (Photo by Coady Photography)

Liberal Arts

Pro: Son of Arrogate should continue to improve over a distance of ground.

Con: Handled by Edified two back, though that one no threat in stakes debut.

West Saratoga (Photo by Coady Photography)

West Saratoga

Pro: Graduated over this distance in wire-to-wire fashion.

Con: Needed five starts to break his maiden; improvement needed.

Churchill Downs (Photo by Coady Photography)

Union Roll

Pro: Romped in Monmouth debut at nice odds for a Pletcher trainee.

Con: Like several others, will be tested for class jumping up from maiden company.

Edified (Photo by Coady Photography)


Pro: Surprised on debut, and had excuse-filled trip in Saratoga Special (G2).

Con: Potentially not on the same talent level as stablemate Risk It.

Market Street

Market Street (Photo by Coady Photography)

Market Street

Pro: Has the early foot to be prominent for at least some of the way.

Con: Hard to endorse for all after late fades in three prior stakes attempts.

Seize the Grey (Photo by Coglianese Photography)

Seize the Gray

Pro: No threat against Edified, Liberal Arts first out, but rebounded in Spa slop. 

Con: Slow starts have proven costly in his two losses.

Gettysburg Address (Photo by Coady Photography)

Gettysburg Address

Pro: A bit cold on the board in Ellis debut but came through in the final stages.

Con: Needs to quicken from a speed rating perspective.

Risk It (Photo by Adam Coglianese)

Risk It

Pro: Eye-catching maiden win at Saratoga; barn has won this race three times.

Con: Primary knock is this likely favorite’s price.

Patriot Spirit (Photo by Coady Photography)

Patriot Spirit

Pro: Dazzled first out at Colonial, garnering 84 Brisnet speed rating.

Con: Drawn widest and must contend with other speed