Coming off his maiden win at Parx, CAPO KANE who had morning line odds of 12-1 went gate-to-wire at Aqueduct to win the $150,000 Jerome Stakes by 6 ¼ lengths. He covered the mile in 1:38.02 and paid $15.80 at race time odds of 7-1. To keep eligibility for the Derby and following the new NYRA Lasix rule, he ran Lasix free for the first time as well.
Breaking from the first post, he kept his nose ahead of the favorite, SWILL. He set quick fractions of :23.53 and :47.83 on the rail as SWILL chased. Through the turn EAGLE ORB pressured the pair, but CAPO KANE managed to stay in the lead as they hit the stretch. Wandering into the five path a bit, he stayed clear to cross the wire first.
CAPO KANE earned 10 points towards the Kentucky Derby and is now eighth in the rankings. EAGLE ORB earned four points, HOLD THE SALSA earned two and SWILL earned one.
CAPO KANE is owned by Bing Cherry Racing and Leonard Liberto. Liberto purchased the colt for $26,000 last May at the Fasig-Tipton Midlantic 2-Year-Olds in Training Sale. His next stop could be the $250,000 Withers Stakes (G3) on February 6th or a February 13th start at the Fair Grounds for the $400,000 Risen Star Stakes (G2).
Trainer Harold Wyner believes he has a Derby horse in his barn. The trainer also saddled NY TRAFFIC for the first four starts of his career.