As if the derby prep season didn’t have enough twists and turns to it already this year, the GII Jerome Stakes, for 3yo’s only, going just a mile over a very soggy Aqueduct surface, for $150k, was won by an unlikely and lightly raced 3yo named Adios Charlie (seen here)!
Coming 2nd was a very gamely, closing Astrology, 3rd to a tiring Justin Phillips who looked home free at the 1/8 pole and your super was filled out by Rattlesnake Bridge with no more than 3 lengths separating the lot of them!
Justin Phillips, Cal Nation and Adios Charlie battled for the lead all the way around this slop-fest here today and it looked like Adios Charlie was about to say goodbye to his rival as he fell back a bit but he then found more in deep-stretch to retake the lead from a weary Justin Phillips. Astrology came late as did Rattlesnake Bridge! Cal Nation, a co-favorite hung tough for the first 1/2 mile but faded to last today!
Some Take Aways,
The slop here today made everyone look bad, so chuck this race from any future handicapping!
Adios Charlie now gets invited to any 3yo, middle-distance, G/S outing he’d care to RSVP to.
Astrology is still most probably off to Pimlico on May the 21st as this effort in the mud will only help him there!
Justin Phillips and Rattlesnake Bridge might find themselves in the same race next time out and maybe a Preakness run too!
Cal Nation’s was just a victim of this very bad Aqueduct surface today, so toss this effort!
So how did we do here today? Well, if you put the 6/1Adios Charlie into all of your handicapping efforts and not just supers as we’d said, you should have cleaned-up here in all the payouts today! But we just through the $14.60 win cash into our ever-growing derby pot!
So Aqueduct closes it’s doors to another winter/spring meet today as we’ll look forward now to Friday’s opening of Belmont Park for live racing, as they ready for the final leg of the 2011 “Triple Crown” trail!