Jerome Stakes 2024 Picks

Aqueduct starting gate (NYRA Photo)

By Jarrod Horak

The road to Kentucky Derby 2024 continues at Aqueduct on Saturday, January 5, and I have included Jerome Stakes 2024 picks below. The non-graded event for 3-year-olds has a $150,000 purse and the five entrants will be traveling a flat mile on the main track. The Jerome is the 3rd race on Jan. 5 and the top five finishers will earn Kentucky Derby points (10-5-3-2-1). 

Jerome Stakes 2024 Picks & Final Time Ratings

Drum Roll Please ran into Locked at Saratoga at this distance second time out Sept. 1, and he was 13 lengths clear of the show finisher. He stalked and graduated at this course and distance on Oct. 6, and stretched out to 1 1/8 miles and was a clear show finisher as my 8-1 top choice in the Grade 2 Remsen on Dec. 2. That Derby points race was in the mud and 7 of the 10 races that day were taken in wire-to-wire fashion. This Hard Spun colt rallied wide and lost ground late in the solid effort. He seems to hold all of the aces in this spot. 

Khanate is one of multiple runners with early-pressing speed. He romped by 10 lengths in his Keeneland maiden win at seven panels on Oct. 11, and dueled and weakened in a dirt route at Churchill on Nov. 9. 

Sweet Soddy J romped in the Heft Stakes at Laurel on Dec. 30. He is back quickly and should impact the pace. 

El Grande O is a consistent New York-bred with seven top three finishes from eight starts. The early runner won three times and should be all over the pace under Kendrick Carmouche. 

Regalo easily won his last two starts at Laurel for high percentage trainer Brittany Russell. He should be forwardly placed from the outside post in this compact field. 

Jerome Stakes 2024 Picks

The Jerome Stakes is the 13th race in my Kentucky Derby 2024 video series, and my top choices have two wins, three runner-up finishes, and two show finishes. I will cover each points race on the road to the Kentucky Derby. Check out my Jerome Stakes 2024 picks video below.