Won at 3JEROME H.
(gr. II , 8f , defeating Burley's Gold, Kensei, Denver, Pitched Perfectly ).
GodolphinÕs Girolamo has come full circle in just three starts this year and took a big step up Oct. 11 while drawing clear in the Jerome Handicap (gr. II) for 3-year-olds. The son of A.P. Indy, sent off the 4-5 favorite in the five-horse field, won by 11Ú4 lengths. It was another 23Ú4 lengths back to Kensei, the Dwyer and Jim Dandy Stakes (both gr. II) winner earlier this season.
The winner tracked a quick early pace of :22.95 and :45.83 before coming at the leaders with an outside move.
ÒThe pace was a little fast and my horse didnÕt break that quickly like I thought he would,Ó said winning rider Alan Garcia. ÒBut I was very comfortable, and my horse was very comfortable. I only had to hit him a couple of times in the stretch and after that I knew I had the race won.Ó
Girolamo faced the best on the East Coast last year at 2, running fourth behind Charitable Man in the Futurity (gr. II) and sixth behind Vineyard Haven in the Champagne (gr. I) while racing for Sheikh MohammedÕs Darley Stable and being under the care of trainer Kiaran McLaughlin. He was off until Aug. 9 of this year, where he rolled through a seven-furlong allowance win and a one-mile allowance/optional claimer prior to the Jerome while racing for the Maktoum familyÕs Godolpin Racing stable and trainer Saeed bin Suroor. GodolphinÕs Gayego won the Ancient Title Stakes (gr. I) at Oak Tree a few hours after GirolamoÕs win.
Girolamo was saddled in the Jerome by assistant trainer Rick Mettee. After the race Mettee noted that Girolamo may start in the Nov. 7 BreedersÕ Cup Dirt Mile (gr. I) at Santa Anita or may run in the Hill ÔnÕ Dale Cigar Mile (gr. I) at Aqueduct Thanksgiving weekend.
The Jerome winner was bred by Ben Walden Jr., Philip Steinberg, and WinStar Farm. In 2002 Walden and Steinberg purchased the dam of Girolamo, Get Lucky, in foal to Monarchos, for $300,000 from the Claiborne Farm consignment at the Keeneland November breeding stock sale. Bred and raced by Ogden Phipps, the grade III-winning Get Lucky is a full sister to 1989 2-year-old champion Rhythm and to leading sire Not For Love. She was bred to both War Pass and Dynaformer for 2010.
A.P. Indy is the sire of Girolamo and 13 other 2009 added-money winners while ranking fourth on the sire list by progeny earnings. The 1992 Horse of the Year and leading sire of 2003 and 2006 is the sire of 126 career stakes winners and stands at William S. FarishÕs LaneÕs End Farm near Versailles, Ky. His 2009 fee was $250,000.ÐE.I.H.
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