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 Jerome Stakes

Jerome Stakes Race Facts

  • Location: Aqueduct Racetrack, New York City
  • Inaugural Race: 1866
  • Distance: One mile, 70 yards
  • Track Type: Left-handed, Dirt
  • Age Qualifications: Three-year-olds
  • 2021 Purse: $150,000
  • 2021 Race Date: Friday, January 1st

The Jerome Stakes is one of the early Road to the Kentucky prep-races in New York. Winners of the contest are awarded 10-4-2-1 points respectively.

2021 Jerome Stakes Race Race Results

POSTHORSEJOCKEY / TRAINERWIN / PLACE / SHOW
1Capo KaneDylan Davis / Harold Wyner$15.80 / $6.60 / $3.70
4Eagle OrbManuel Franco / Rudy R. Rodriguez$3.60 / $2.70
3Hold the SalsaRomero Ramsay Maragh / Richard J. Lugovich$3.70
2SwillKendrick Carmouche / Brad H. Cox
5OriginalJose Lezcano / John P. Terranova II

Exotic Payoffs:

  • $2 Exacta (1-4) Paid: $47.60
  • $0.50 Trifecta (1-4-3) Paid: $39.50
  • $0.10 Superfecta (1-4-3-2) Paid: $9.46

Watch the 2021 Jerome Stakes

History of the Jerome Stakes

The Jerome Stakes tends to land on January 1st every year at Aqueduct in New York. Even if the race doesn’t start on Jan. 1, the Jerome is traditionally the first race of the new year on the Road to the Kentucky Derby.

The Jerome Stakes is a Grade III race run each January at Aqueduct Racetrack in Queens, NY. Contested at 1 mile 70 yards. The Jerome is open to 3-year-olds and currently carries a purse of $150,000. Contested in colder weather, the Jerome serves as the first of four New York ‘Road to the Kentucky Derby’ stepping stone preps, and the top four finishers received qualifying points towards the Kentucky Derby (10-4-2-1).

The Jerome is the second oldest stakes race in the country and is Named after Leonard W. Jerome, the grandfather of Sir Winston Churchill. the Jerome Stakes first ran in 1966, and had was held for a period at Belmont Park between 1906 and 1959, then again from 1968 to 2009. The race had been previously contested from 1 ¼ to 2 miles for its initial 40 years. For the next nearly 90 years through 2012, the Jerome was a 1 mile race, and the speed record was set by Noble Nashua in 1981 (1:33.20).

Since 2011, Aqueduct has been the host track for the Jerome, and the current 1 mile and 70 yards distance has been run since 2013. Since then, jockey Irad Ortiz, Jr. has won the race twice, including the fastest time while aboard Flexibility (2016) withcrossing the finish line in 1:42.98. Other recent winners include El Areeb (2017), El Kabeir (2015), Noble Moon (2014) and Vyjack (2013). Of those recent winners, only Vyjack competed in the Kentucky Derby (18th) or any other Triple Crown race (8th in Belmont).

Jockey Eddie Acaro has won a record 6 Jerome Stakes between 1946 and 1960.

Jerome Stakes winners who also went on to win Triple Crown races include Kentucky Derby winners Aristides (1875), Carry Back (1961), Fusaichi Pegasus (2000), and Belmont Stakes winner Crème Fraiche (1985). In 1963, winner Chateaugay went on to capture wins in both The Kentucky Derby and the Belmont Stakes.

Forego finished 2nd in the Jerome in 1973, but went on to win 34 of 57 starts and was named Horse of the Year three times.

Other past Jerome champions of note include Richter Scale (1997), Carry Back (1961), Kelso (1960), Bold Ruler (1957 and sire of Secretariat), Tom Fool (1952), Fair Play (1908, and sire of Man ‘o War), Duke of Magenta (1878) and Aristides (1875), who was the winner of the inaugural Kentucky Derby.

Jerome Stakes Past Winners

YearWinnerJockey / TrainerDistance / Time
2021Capo KaneDylan Davis / Harold Wyner1 mile 70 yards / 1:38.02
2020Independence HallJosé Ortiz / Michael J. Trombetta1 mile 70 yards / 1:37.27
2019Mind ControlJohn Velazquez / Gregory D. Sacco1 mile 70 yards / 1:39.06
2018Firenze FireManuel Franco / Jason Servis1 mile 70 yards / 1:42.88
2017El AreebTrevor McCarthy / Cathal A. Lynch1 mile 70 yards / 1:46.17
2016FlexibilityIrad Ortiz Jr. / Chad C. Brown1 mile 70 yards / 1:42.98
2015El KabeirCharles C. Lopez / John P. Terranova II1 mile 70 yards / 1:44.69
2014Noble MoonIrad Ortiz Jr. / Leah Gyarmati1 mile 70 yards / 1:45.08
2013VyjackCornelio Velásquez / Rudy R. Rodriguez1 mile 70 yards / 1:40.67
2012The Lumber GuyMichael J. Luzzi / Michael E. Hushion1 mile 70 yards / 1:36.04
2011Adios CharlieRajiv Maragh / Stanley M. Hough1 mile 70 yards / 1:36.81
2010no race
2009GirolamoAlan Garcia / Saeed bin Suroor1 mile 70 yards / 1:33.81
2008Tale of EkatiCornelio Velásquez / Barclay Tagg1 mile 70 yards / 1:36.17
2007DaaherMike Luzzi / Kiaran McLaughlin1 mile 70 yards / 1:34.28
2006Discreet CatGarrett Gomez / Saeed bin Suroor1 mile 70 yards / 1:36.46
2005Silver TrainEdgar Prado / Richard E. Dutrow Jr.1 mile 70 yards / 1:34.24
2004Teton ForestShaun Bridgmohan / Bob Baffert1 mile 70 yards / 1:35.74
2003DuringJosé A. Santos / Bob Baffert1 mile 70 yards / 1:36.32
2002Boston CommonJorge Chavez / Michael V. Pino1 mile 70 yards / 1:36.12
2001Express TourJohn Velazquez / Saeed bin Suroor1 mile 70 yards / 1:34.57
2000Fusaichi PegasusKent Desormeaux / Neil D. Drysdale1 mile 70 yards / 1:34.07
1999Doneraile CourtChris Antley / Nick Zito1 mile 70 yards / 1:35.63
1998Limit OutJean-Luc Samyn / H. Allen Jerkens1 mile 70 yards / 1:36.22
1997Richter ScaleShane Sellers / Patrick B. Byrne1 mile 70 yards / 1:35.88
1996Why ChangeChuck C. Lopez / Joseph H. Pierce Jr.1 mile 70 yards / 1:34.22
1995French DeputyGary Stevens / Neil D. Drysdale1 mile 70 yards / 1:33.53
1994PrenupJerry Bailey / Mark A. Hennig1 mile 70 yards / 1:34.59
1993SchossbergJerry Bailey / Phil England1 mile 70 yards / 1:35.53
1992FuriouslyJerry Bailey / C. R. McGaughey III1 mile 70 yards / 1:34.20
1991ScanJosé A. Santos / Flint S. Schulhofer1 mile 70 yards / 1:34.09
1990HousebusterCraig Perret / Warren A. Croll Jr.1 mile 70 yards / 1:34.14
1989De RocheDennis Carr / Thomas Bohannan1 mile 70 yards / 1:34.56
1988Evening KrisJerry Bailey / Philip Gleaves1 mile 70 yards / 1:37.80
1987AfleetGary Stahlbaum / Phil England1 mile 70 yards / 1:33.80
1986OgygianWalter Guerra / Jan H. Nerud1 mile 70 yards / 1:34.00
1985Creme FraicheEddie Maple / Woody Stephens1 mile 70 yards / 1:34.60
1984Is Your PleasureDon MacBeth / Edward I. Kelly Sr.1 mile 70 yards / 1:35.20
1983A PhenomemonÁngel Cordero Jr. / Angel Penna Jr.1 mile 70 yards / 1:35.20
1982Fit To FightJerry Bailey / MacKenzie Miller1 mile 70 yards / 1:35.40
1981Noble NashuaCash Asmussen / Jose A. Martin1 mile 70 yards / 1:33.20
1980Jaklin KlugmanChris McCarron / LeRoy Jolley1 mile 70 yards / 1:34.20
1979CzaravichJean Cruguet / William H. Turner Jr.1 mile 70 yards / 1:35.20
1978Sensitive PrinceJacinto Vásquez / H. Allen Jerkens1 mile 70 yards / 1:36.00
1977Broadway Forli †Pat Day / Homer C. Pardue1 mile 70 yards / 1:36.20
1976Dance SpellRuben Hernandez / James W. Maloney1 mile 70 yards / 1:35.00
1975Guards UpCarlos Lopez / Thomas H. Heard Jr.1 mile 70 yards / 1:34.20
1974StonewalkÁngel Cordero Jr. / Daniel J. Lopez1 mile 70 yards / 1:34.00
1973Step NicelyÁngel Cordero Jr. / H. Allen Jerkens1 mile 70 yards / 1:34.00
1972True KnightÁngel Cordero Jr. / Lou Rondinello1 mile 70 yards / 1:36.60
1971TinajeroEddie Belmonte / Laz Barrera1 mile 70 yards / 1:35.80
1970Great MysteryPhil Grimm / Lynn S. Whiting1 mile 70 yards / 1:34.80
1969Mr. LeaderJorge Velásquez / MacKenzie Miller1 mile 70 yards / 1:36.00
1968Iron RulerJorge Velásquez / Edward J. Yowell1 mile 70 yards / 1:35.20
1967High TributeLaffit Pincay Jr. / Victor J. Nickerson1 mile 70 yards / 1:34.80
1966Bold and BraveBraulio Baeza / Edward A. Neloy1 mile 70 yards / 1:38.00
1965Bold BidderEldon Nelson / Randy Sechrest1 mile 70 yards / 1:36.00
1964IrvkupJohn L. Rotz / Burley Parke1 mile 70 yards / 1:35.00
1963ChateaugayBraulio Baeza / James P. Conway1 mile 70 yards / 1:36.00
1962Black BeardBraulio Baeza / James P. Conway1 mile 70 yards / 1:34.60
1961Carry BackJohnny Sellers / Jack A. Price1 mile 70 yards / 1:36.00
1960KelsoEddie Arcaro / Carl Hanford1 mile 70 yards / 1:34.80
1959IntentionallyManuel Ycaza / Edward Kelly Sr.1 mile 70 yards / 1:35.40
1958WarheadEddie Arcaro / Kay Erik Jensen1 mile 70 yards / 1:37.20
1957Bold RulerEddie Arcaro / James Fitzsimmons1 mile 70 yards / 1:35.00
1956RenegedAngel Valenzuela / Homer C. Pardue1 mile 70 yards / 1:35.40
1955Traffic JudgeEddie Arcaro / Woody Stephens1 mile 70 yards / 1:35.20
1954MartyrStanley Small / G. Carey Winfrey1 mile 70 yards / 1:35.80
1953Navy PageNick Shuk / Gordon J. McCann1 mile 70 yards / 1:37.00
1952Tom FoolTed Atkinson / John M. Gaver Sr.1 mile 70 yards / 1:37.00
1951AlertedOvie Scurlock / Jimmy Penrod1 mile 70 yards / 1:36.20
1950Hill PrinceEddie Arcaro / Casey Hayes1 mile 70 yards / 1:35.80
1949CapotTed Atkinson / John M. Gaver Sr.1 mile 70 yards / 1:36.80
1948CoaltownNewbold Pierson / Horace A. Jones1 mile 70 yards / 1:36.00
1947DonorJob Dean Jessop / George P. Odom1 mile 70 yards / 1:37.40
1946MahoutEddie Arcaro / Oscar White1 mile 70 yards / 1:37.00
1945BuzfuzTommy Luther / Joe Rosen1 mile 70 yards / 1:37.20
1944OccupyOtto Grohs / Burley Parke1 mile 70 yards / 1:37.20
1943Slide RuleJack Westrope / Cecil Wilhelm1 mile 70 yards / 1:37.00
1942King's AbbeyCarroll Bierman / Graceton Philpot1 mile 70 yards / 1:36.40
1941StimadyPorter Roberts / Robert R. Tilden1 mile 70 yards / 1:37.20
1940RomanWayne D. Wright / Daniel E. Stewart1 mile 70 yards / 1:37.20
1939Easy MonLeon Haas / Ben A. Jones1 mile 70 yards / 1:35.80
1938CravatAlfred Robertson / Walter Burrows1 mile 70 yards / 1:36.40
1937PashaLester Balaski / J. Thomas Taylor1 mile 70 yards / 1:38.20
1936GoldeneyeIra Hanford / A. A. Baroni1 mile 70 yards / 1:36.60
1935Good HarvestSam Renick / Bud Stotler1 mile 70 yards / 1:36.20
1934KievexWayne D. Wright / J. J. Waldron1 mile 70 yards / 1:37.00
1933Golden WayMack Garner / Pete Coyne1 mile 70 yards / 1:38.60
1932LarranagaRaymond Workman / Edward J. Bennett1 mile 70 yards / 1:37.40
1931IroncladLester Pichon / Preston M. Burch1 mile 70 yards / 1:37.00
1930Mr. SpongeMack Garner / Henry McDaniel1 mile 70 yards / 1:37.40
1929Soul of HonorGeorge Fields / Robert A. Smith1 mile 70 yards / 1:36.20
1928Sun EdwinLinus McAtee / Louis Feustel1 mile 70 yards / 1:36.80
1927OsmandEarl Sande / G. Hamilton Keene1 mile 70 yards / 1:38.00
1926CroydenLinus McAtee / James G. Rowe Sr.1 mile 70 yards / 1:38.00
1925PrimroseJohn Maiben / Thomas J. Healey1 mile 70 yards / 1:38.60
1924Priscilla RuleyJohn Maiben / James Fitzsimmons1 mile 70 yards / 1:37.80
1923Cherry PieFrank Coltiletti / Scott Harlan1 mile 70 yards / 1:35.40
1922Kai-SangLaverne Fator / Sam Hildreth1 mile 70 yards / 1:37.00
1921TrysterFrank Coltiletti / James G. Rowe Sr.1 mile 70 yards / 1:38.20
1920Busy SignalClarence Kummer / William A. Hurley1 mile 70 yards / 1:37.60
1919ThunderclapLaverne Fator / Sam Hildreth1 mile 70 yards / 1:39.40
1918Sunny SlopeJohn Callahan / Not found1 mile 70 yards / 1:38.40
1917BallyLawrence Lyke / James H. McCormack1 mile 70 yards / 1:38.00
1916SpurJohnny Loftus / James H. McCormack1 mile 70 yards / 1:39.00
1915Trial By JuryThomas McTaggart / J. Simon Healy1 mile 70 yards / 1:38.40
1914StromboliClarence Turner / Sam Hildreth1 mile 70 yards / 1:36.60
1909Fitz HerbertEddie Dugan / Sam Hildreth1 mile 70 yards / 2:11.00
1908Fair PlayClifford Gilbert / Sam Hildreth1 mile 70 yards / 2:10.40
1907PerseveranceD. R. "Puddin" McDaniel / John W. Rogers1 mile 70 yards / 2:13.80
1906IronsidesHerman Radtke / John W. Rogers1 mile 70 yards / 2:10.60
1905BedouinWillie Shaw / John Huggins1 mile 70 yards / 2:10.60
1904OstrichWilliam Crimmins / Frank Lightfoot1 mile 70 yards / 2:13.00
1903Eugenia BurchGrover Fuller / W. P. Maxwell1 5⁄16 miles / 2:15.00
1902HermisTed Rice / James H. McCormick1 mile 70 yards / 2:06.20
1901BluesWillie Shaw / Frank D. Weir1 mile 70 yards / 2:05.75
1900AlcedoPatrick McCue / James H. McCormick1 mile 70 yards / 2:07.00
1899King BarleycornGeorge M. Odom / Edward Heffner1 mile 70 yards / 2:09.00
1898HandballNash Turner / Frank McCabe1 mile 70 yards / 2:06.00
1897RensselaerE. Hewitt / Henry Harris1 mile 70 yards / 2:07.00
1896SouffléJoe Hill / Jim M. Murphy1 mile 70 yards / 2:09.00
1895Counter TenorWillie Simms / William Lakeland1 mile, 1 furlong / 1:54.00
1894RubiconWilliam Midgely / Henry Harris1 1⁄4 miles / 2:09.75
1893Young ArionJohn Lamely / William Lakeland1 1⁄4 miles / 2:08.75
1892TammanyEdward Garrison / Matthew Byrnes1 1⁄2 miles / 2:36.25
1891PicknickerAlonzo Clayton / Louis Stuart1 5⁄16 miles / 2:22.60
1890TournamentWilliam Hayward / Matthew M. Allen1 5⁄16 miles / 2:16.00
1889LongstreetIsaac Burns Murphy / Hardy Campbell Jr.1 3⁄4 miles / 3:11.00
1888Prince RoyalEdward Garrison / James G. Rowe Sr.1 3⁄4 miles / 3:10.25
1887FirenzeEdward Garrison / Matthew Byrnes1 3⁄4 miles / 3:09.75
1886The BardWilliam Hayward / John Huggins1 3⁄4 miles / N/A
1885LongviewWilliam Fitzpatrick / Not found1 3⁄4 miles / 3:20.00
1884Water LilyMatthew Feakes / Not found1 3⁄4 miles / 3:16.00
1883George KinneyWilliam Fitzpatrick / James G. Rowe Sr.1 3⁄4 miles / 3:19.00
1882Charley B.Jim McLaughlin / James G. Rowe Sr.1 3⁄4 miles / 3:21.50
1881BarrettMatthew Feakes / Matthew Byrnes1 3⁄4 miles / 3:13.00
1880GrenadaLloyd Hughes / R. Wyndham Walden1 3⁄4 miles / 3:12.60
1879MonitorLloyd Hughes / R. Wyndham Walden1 3⁄4 miles / 3:12.00
1878Duke of MagentaLloyd Hughes / R. Wyndham Walden1 3⁄4 miles / 3:11.50
1877BazilGeorge Evans / Jacob Pincus2 miles / 3:43.00
1876Charley HowardW. Lakewood / David McDaniel2 miles / 3:47.75
1875AristidesRobert Swim / Ansel Williamson2 miles / 3:43.00
1874AcrobatJohn Sparling / Charles S. Lloyd2 miles / 3:37.75
1873Tom BowlingRobert Swim / Ansel Williamson2 miles / 3:40.00
1872Joe DanielsJames Rowe Sr. / David McDaniel2 miles / 3:40.25
1871Harry BassettJames Rowe Sr. / David McDaniel2 miles / 3:54.75
1870KingfisherBurns / Raleigh Colston Sr.1 mile 70 yards / 1:49.00
1869GlenelgCharles Miller / Jacob Pincus1 mile 70 yards / 1:48.50
1868BayonetCharles Miller / T. G. Moore1 mile 70 yards / 1:45.25
1867MetairiePatsy Hennessey / Jacob Pincus1 mile 70 yards / 1:49.25
1866WatsonAbe Hawkins / Jacob Pincus1 mile 70 yards / 1:48.75