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Preservationist

  • Jockey
    Junior Alvarado
  • Trainer
    James A. Jerkens
  • Owner
    Centennial Farms
  • Breeder
    Emory A. Hamilton
  • Sire
    Arch
  • Dam
    Flying Dixie

Five years of patience and expert decisions paid off for Preservationist’s connections when he won the Suburban Stakes (G2) July 6 at Belmont Park in his stakes debut. Centennial Farms president Donald Little Jr. proclaimed that Preservationist “could be the nicest colt we ever had” when he was purchased by the partnership for $485,000 at the 2014 Keeneland September yearling sale. Since 1982, the ownership group’s business model has been to buy well-bred yearling colts, develop them into superior runners and retire them to successful stallion careers. “He was a big, grand horse who grew faster than his body could handle,” Little said in explaining why the colt was away from the races for a year and a half after finishing second in his career debut as a 3-year-old in 2016. Preservationist won for the first time as a 5-year-old in early 2018 while making his third career start. A month later he won again before going to the sidelines for another year. He has had a more steady record in 2019 that includes capping a three-racing winning streak in the Suburban. Overall, he has won five of just eight career starts to date. “It was all little minor stuff like a bruised foot, muscle cramps or a little soreness here and there,” Little said. “Because he was so large, he needed to be trained in a certain way. He has now grown into proportion and he has not had any issues since the first of the year. It has all come together. Our patience has paid off. If you give horses the time they need, good things happen.” Preservationist is trained by James Jerkens, the son of legendary Hall of Fame trainer Allen Jerkens.

Lifetime Stats

Earnings
$
6
2019 Graded Stakes Points

Previous Races

ReplayDateRaceTrackGradeFinish
August 31, 2019Woodward S. Presented by NYRA BetsSARATOGA11
August 03, 2019Whitney S.SARATOGA14
July 06, 2019Suburban S.BELMONT PARK21
May 23, 2019 BELMONT PARK 1
February 02, 2019 AQUEDUCT 1
January 05, 2019 AQUEDUCT 3
ReplayDateRaceTrackGradeFinish
February 17, 2018 AQUEDUCT 1
January 20, 2018 AQUEDUCT 1
ReplayDateRaceTrackGradeFinish
December 21, 2017 AQUEDUCT 3
ReplayDateRaceTrackGradeFinish
June 10, 2016 BELMONT PARK 2

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