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Apr 20, 2012

Seven set for Jerome Handicap


Ozone Park, NY (Sports Network) - Three-year-olds still on the Triple Crown trail will be at Aqueduct for Saturday's $200,000 Jerome Handicap at a mile. Seven sophomore thoroughbreds have been entered for a last chance opportunity to get graded stakes winnings.

Adios Charlie won the 2011 Jerome, which returned after a one year hiatus.

Hall of Fame trainer Bob Baffert has entered Brigand and Stirred Up, with the horses breaking from posts two and three, respectively. Corey Nakatani gets to ride Brigand, the 4-1 third pick, for the first time and Martin Garcia returns aboard Stirred Up who is the 2-1 favorite.

Brigand, owned by Kaleem Shah, showed promise as a two-year-old after finishing second in the Hollywood Juvenile Championship and fourth in the Best Pal. This year he was sixth in the Baffle Stakes at Santa Anita and is coming off a runner-up finish in an allowance race.

The colt has earned $73,600 in five starts and one win.

Stirred Up was third in last month's Sunland Derby behind Daddy Nose Best. Owned by Robert LaPenta, the colt has banked $147,520 with a win, a second and two thirds in four career starts.

Baffert won the Jerome two straight years with During (2003) and Teton Forest (2004).

From the rail out here is the field for the Jerome: The Lumber Guy, Mike Luzzi, 5-2; Brigand, Corey Nakatani, 4-1; Stirred Up, Martin Garcia, 2-1; Dan and Sheila, Rosie Napravnik, 12-1; Right to Vote, Alex Solis, 5-1; Adirondack King, Kendrick Carmouche, 12-1 and Term Loan, Alan Garcia, 8-1.

Post-time is scheduled for 5 p.m. (ET).

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