Victory for Flexibility in Jerome Stakes
Added on: Jan. 5, 2016
Flexibility had a comfortable win on Saturday 2nd January in the Jerome Stakes – an annual event which takes place at the Aqueduct Racetrack, which is located in Jamaica, Queens, NY. Flexibility started the New Year in style, winning the Grade III $200,000 race by just over four lengths, beating runner-up Vorticity and earning 10 qualifying points towards the starting berth in the Kentucky Derby.
Speaking about this latest victory was trainer Chad Brown’s assistant, Cherie DeVaux. She said, “It's very exciting to have him continue to perform well going in these races. Hopefully each one he can continue to step up.” She then went on to say, “He's been professional throughout. He just steps it up each time. It was a very professional effort, sitting behind the speed today and moving on cue. The race set up well for him.” These comments were taken from the official Kentucky Derby website.
Flexibility has already earned 4 points in the Road the Kentucky Derby back on November 4th on Aqueduct’s main oval when he came second in the Grade II Remsen. The last victory for Vorticity came back towards the beginning of December after claiming a victory in the James F. Lewis Stakes at Laurel Park. Saturday’s Grade III for newly-turned 3-year-olds acted as the first Kentucky Derby qualifier of 2016 and there are plenty more events to come over the coming months.
Aqueduct Racetrack is a Thoroughbred horse-racing facility and ‘racino’ in South Ozone Park. The racing meets that take place here generally occur from late October/early November and then right through to April. Some of the other notable races that also take place here include the Gotham Stakes, the Wood Memorial Stakes, the Gazelle Stakes, the Cigar Mile Handicap and the Carter Handicap. The Aqueduct Racetrack first opened its doors way back in 1894.
The other race winner on Saturday was Richard Baltas, Hebert Bloodstock and J K Racing LLC’s ‘Forever Darling’. She claimed a half-length victory winning the Grade II $200,500 Santa Ynez. The debut victory for Forever Darling earned her 10 points on the Kentucky Oaks leaderboard which could also see her claiming a starting berth in the Grade 1 contest on May 6th, 2016, under the famous Twin Spires at Churchill Downs.
Speaking about the win was Forever Darling’s jockey, Rafael Bejarano. He said, “I had a good position from the beginning. I knew that one of Baffert’s horses would try to go straight to the lead so I just tried to figure out which one. I saw Martin (Garcia) go with Pretty N Cool and I knew she was the horse to beat, so I put us in right behind them and went from there. I knew pressure was coming by the three-eighths pole and I just tried to keep going.”
He then finished by saying, “I don’t think she wants to go two turns yet. I think she would like six, six and a half, seven, but the Breeders’ Cup was too tough for her. I thought she was so much better today, running six-and-a-half.” These comments were also taken from the official Kentucky Derby website.