Horse Racing Odds: 2024 Jeff Ruby Steaks On Road To The Kentucky Derby

Written By Brett Gibbons | Last Updated
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A total purse of $700,000 and 100 Kentucky Derby qualifying points to the winner are up for grabs Saturday in the Jeff Ruby Steaks. See what they did with the spelling there? Twelve horses will run in this Grade III stakes race at Turfway Park, with two more also eligibles available to draw in if there is a scratch. Some notable names have run in this qualifying event, including Two Phil’s (2023 Kentucky Derby runner-up) and Rich Strike (2022 Derby winner). The morning line for Jeff Ruby Steaks odds are out for the Jeff Ruby Steaks, so let’s take a look at the field. Find full 2024 Kentucky Derby odds here.

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2024 Jeff Ruby Steaks Morning Line Odds

Post time for the Jeff Ruby Steaks is 6:25 p.m. ET on Saturday, March 23, from Turfway Park in Florence, Kentucky.

Twelve horses will run in this year’s 1 1/8 mile race on synthetic, with two additional colts also eligible in case of a late scratch. Find the morning line odds below. Final odds won’t become official until post, per parimutuel regulations.

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1Freedom Principle30-1Jose GaroffaloAdam Beschizza
2Dancing Groom15-1Antonio SanoFrankie Dettori
3Lucky Jeremy10-1Bill MoreyGerardo Corrales
4Noted10-1Todd PletcherLuis Saez
5Agate Road4-1Todd PletcherJose Ortiz
6Northern Flame5-1Kenny McPeekJulien Leparoux
7Woodcourt6-1Cipriano ContrerasLuan Machado
8Otello12-1Christophe ClementJavier Castellano
9Seize the Grey8-1D. Wayne LukasNik Juarez
10Endlessly5-2Michael McCarthyUmberto Rispoli
11Baytown Chatterbox30-1Paul McEnteeAlbin Jimenez
12West Saratoga20-1Larry DemeritteJesus Castanon
AE-13Circle P30-1Flint StitesTyler Conner
AE-14Triple Espresso20-1Todd PletcherJose Ortiz

Jeff Ruby Steaks Odds: Past Performances, Horse Profiles

1. Freedom Principle (30-1)

A two-time winner, Freedom Principle took his first step up in competition in his last start earlier this month. However, the colt finished ninth in the Colonel Liam Stakes while running a similar pace to his previous runs that were good enough for fourth and two firsts. He was hung out near the back of the pack before closing the gap on the outside for a fourth-place finish in the Kitten’s Joy (GIII).

Fared better on fast synthetic surfaces than on firm turf. This is another step up in competition, hence the longshot odds.

2. Dancing Groom (15-1)

Hasn’t found the podium in his last three rated races, finishing last in the Fountain of Youth. Dancing Groom is a well-tested horse, having also run in the Kentucky Jockey Club and Holy Bull. He’s also been run on dirt for all six races, giving Dancing Groom a leg-up on some of the other colts in the field.

Had a bad start out of the gate and quickly lost the Fountain of Youth pack running hot, losing by several lengths.

3. Lucky Jeremy (10-1)

Has a 2-0-1 record in four career races and a 1-0-1 record in graded stakes races. Finished third in the Sunland Park Derby back in February. He set the pace early, going off at 3-1, and was just nosed out in the final stretch, losing by two lengths to the winner. All four races have come on dirt surfaces, but this will be his longest race yet (1 1/8 miles).

This field presents a new challenge, as Lucky Jeremy has faced many of the same colts in previous races.

4. Noted (10-1)

Noted is one of the few colts in the field to have won on both turf and dirt. He’s notched three wins in seven starts, with an additional two runner-up finishes. His odds suggest he’ll compete in this field. Noted has a career-best Beyer Speed Figure at 88 – not shameful by any means and close enough to the 93 set by the best in this field that enough improvement at this stage of his 3-year-old season could help him turn the tables.

However, the Todd Pletcher-trained colt should see plenty of action ahead of post on Saturday.

5. Agate Road (4-1)

Agate Road is one of the favorites among Jeff Ruby Steaks odds for good reason. In six starts, the colt finished first or second five times, with the lone exception being a fifth-place finish in the Breeder’s Cup Juvenile Turf (G1) last year. His best race was at Tampa Bay Downs in February, where Agate Road posted a 91 Beyer.

Furthermore, the tandem of jockey Jose Ortiz and trainer Todd Pletcher gives Agate Road a prestigious team behind him in this race.

6. Northern Flame (5-1)

Northern Flame hit the board at the Rebel (G2) in February, finishing third. The colt likes to set a hot pace out of the gate, a potential leg-up in a large field with modest top-end speed. He has two victories in eight starts and is one of the most-run horses in this field. At the Rebel, Northern Flame jumped out to the front early and then rode the leader before being beaten down the stretch by five lengths.

An encouraging trend for the Kenny McPeek-trained colt, Northern Flame showed marked improvement in his last few races.

7. Woodcourt (6-1)

A participant in 10 races already, Woodcourt has gotten better with experience. He placed fourth behind Northern Flame in the Rebel last month, posting a career-best 90 BSF. Perhaps his most significant advantage – Woodcourt has a victory in a one-mile race on this exact track.

But expect his odds to lengthen closer to post, as Woodcourt is 0-for-3 against stakes company.

8. Otello (12-1)

Otello won both of his first two starts before finishing sixth at the Holy Bull after a bad start out of the gate. Declining performance may be of some concern, but his trainer, Christophe Clemente, has a superb record on all-weather surfaces. Otello is a horse that could raise some eyebrows, given Clemente’s record on this surface and his worst finish coming due to a stumbling start.

Whether or not his odds shorten near post time remains to be seen, but perhaps an inclusion underneath.

9. Seize the Grey (8-1)

Seize the Grey’s best racing is still ahead as the colt has shown marked improvement over his recent starts. His best race came last month, posting a 92 BSF at Oaklawn Park. Previously, Seize the Grey placed fourth at Churchill Downs in the Iroquois (G3) last year. The best tool in his bag, though, is Hall of Fame trainer D. Wayne Lukas. Expect this colt to hang out near the back and try to close the gap down the final stretch.

Another horse worthy of a look for exotics.

10. Endlessly (5-2)

Endlessly is expected to go off as the favorite. He’s the only multiple graded stakes winner, most recently at the El Camino Real Derby. Endlessly projects to be the fastest horse in the field, posting a 93 BSF in his last race. That latest victory also came at 1 1/8 mile, a huge confidence boost in backers for this horse, in a race with others that have not tried the distance yet.

In five starts, Endlessly has won four times.

11. Baytown Chatterbox (30-1)

A true longshot: Baytown Chatterbox has the worst top BSF in this field at just 78. All his previous races have been sprints and none came on synthetic.

12. West Saratoga (20-1)

West Saratoga had an impressive victory at the Iroquois last year. However, he followed that up with a fifth-place finish at the Breeder’s Futurity and a third-place show at the Sam F. Davis. In that race, West Saratoga fell five lengths behind Agate Road. The Iroquois gave bettors a look at the absolute best out of this horse, as his other starts haven’t come anywhere near that posted Beyer of 89.

Also Eligible

  • 13. Circle P (30-1)
  • 14. Triple Espresso (20-1)