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Jerome Stakes Betting – Noble Moon Starts Off 2014 With A Big Win

Posted by on 2/5/2014 4:45:30 AM

Sports betting sharps are already getting ready for the Kentucky Derby in May, and the road really starts on Saturday. The Grade-2 Jerome Stakes, one of the oldest races in the United States, will go off this weekend at Aqueduct Racetrack in Queens, and it is one mile and 70 yards long on a dirt surface. Some of the top three-year-old contenders in the country have been entered in this event, but only one can win and the signs are pointing towards Noble Moon to be the first thoroughbred in 2014 to throw his name into the ring of horses to watch during Triple Crown season.

What: Horse Betting
When: Saturday, January 4th
Where: Aqueduct Racetrack, Queens, NY
Pick: Noble Moon

Classic Giacnroll finished third in his debut at the non-graded Marylander, a seven-furlong race run at Laurel Park in early December. This will be a better gauge of where this colt is going into his three-year-old season, but he has good genes; Classic Giacnroll was sired by Giacomo, which won the 2005 Kentucky Derby.

Lawmaker will be making his debut on Saturday in Queens, and this is a big task to ask of a horse that has never been in a competitive race before, although the rest of the competition doesn’t have a major advantage over him. His trainer, Chad Brown, has a Breeders’ Cup win under his belt (albeit from 2008 in the Juvenile Fillies Turf), he is from New York and would love to win this race.

Master Lightning has run in five races in his career, winning two of them: his maiden on his second attempt in October, and an allowance race at Aqueduct just before Christmas. He has finished fifth and ninth in his two graded-stakes starts, so this is a huge race for both Master Lightning and trainer Todd Pletcher, who added last year’s Belmont Stakes to his incredible resume last year with Palace Malice.

Matuszak finished one spot behind Master Lightning, rolling in sixth in the Grade-2 Remsen at Aqueduct in November. Since winning his maiden on his first attempt at Churchill Downs in September, this three-year-old hasn’t finished better than fifth in three starts, and if he doesn’t show up for this race, his horse betting odds for the future may not be so great.

Mental Iceberg also took part in the Remsen, finishing eighth after winning his maiden on his first attempt back in September. The maiden race was on turf, while this race is on dirt, so this will be an important race for New York-born trainer Gregory DiPrima as he may have to decide what surface is best for Mental Iceberg. 

Noble Moon won his maiden at Belmont Park in September, then finished third in the Grade-2 Nashua at Aqueduct, so he should be near the top of the horse betting odds for the Jerome on Saturday. A win here would definitely thrust his name into the spotlight for Kentucky Derby contenders, and Noble Moon is a horse you should track this weekend in New York.

Pin And Win has made four starts, winning a maiden-clearance race in September, but he has finished eighth in a pair of maiden and allowance races. He also finished fourth in the non-graded Don Rickles at Aqueduct the weekend before Christmas, which was promising and enough to keep this horse in the thoughts of horse betting players. Trainer Joseph Lostritto is another New York native with a horse in this race that would love to bring the victory home.

Scotland came in second in a maiden race at Aqueduct at the end of November, and he’ll be an intriguing horse betting option for players. He has the potential to pull off the victory, but how will he fare against better competition? Trainer Tony Dutrow could have a beast on his hands, but Saturday will be a crucial race for Scotland’s development.

How It Will Play Out

It can be difficult to call out a winner for races in the early part of the road to the Kentucky Derby as many horses don’t have a lot of experience, but so far in his career, Noble Moon has been consistent and handled the jump from maiden races to graded-stakes events quite well. He will have to hold off the likes of Scotland and Master Lightning to do so, but Noble Moon should be your pick in your online betting book on Saturday.

Jerome Stakes Betting Pick: Noble Moon

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