Meet the Contenders: Pros, Cons, and horse ratings for the 2023 Iroquois S.
Contenders for the 2023 Iroquois Stakes, a prep race on the Road to Kentucky Derby 150.
- Liberal Arts
- West Saratoga
- Union Roll
- Market Street
- Seize the Grey
- Gettysburg Address
- Risk It
- Patriot Spirit
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.
Pro: Graduated over this distance in wire-to-wire fashion.
Con: Needed five starts to break his maiden; improvement needed.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
Pro: Eye-catching maiden win at Saratoga; barn has won this race three times.
Con: Primary knock is this likely favorite’s price.
Pro: Dazzled first out at Colonial, garnering 84 Brisnet speed rating.
Con: Drawn widest and must contend with other speed