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Jackie’s Warrior is the consummate fighter. In his 11 career starts, the bay colt racked up eight victories — seven in graded stakes — and only finished outside of the top three once.
He earned his third Grade 1 triumph in the H. Allen Jerkens Memorial Stakes Aug. 28 at Saratoga, overtaking Life Is Good when he straightened for home and thwarting his re-rally attempt to win by a neck. It was his fourth graded stakes win in as many attempts at the Spa.
In his previous start, he led at every point of call and proved to be much the best on a sloppy track in the Amsterdam Stakes (G2), romping home by 7 1/4 lengths. Earlier this year, he won the Pat Day Mile Stakes (G2) on the Kentucky Derby undercard.
On Sept. 25, Jackie’s Warrior claimed his fourth Grade 2 victory by winning the Gallant Bob at Parx by a daylight margin.
As a 2-year-old, he won his debut at Churchill Downs and then swept the Saratoga Special Stakes (G2) and Runhappy Hopeful Stakes (G1) at the Spa. Belmont’s Champagne Stakes (G1) extended his winning streak, and he closed the year by finishing fourth in the TVG Breeders’ Cup Juvenile presented by Thoroughbred Aftercare Alliance (G1) as the favorite, his only unplaced effort.
“This horse is incredible,” Hall of Fame trainer Steve Asmussen said. “The thing you just love about him is his demeanor and the way he goes about everything that he does.”
Asmussen became North America’s all-time winningest trainer in August. He has seven Breeders’ Cup victories, including two wins in the Longines Breeders’ Cup Classic (G1) with Gun Runner in 2017 and Curlin in 2007. He trains Jackie’s Warrior for owners J. Kirk and Judy Robison.
Kirk Robison grew up in California and became a racing fan when he went to Santa Anita with his father. He met Judy when they were students at San Jose State, and they moved to El Paso, Texas, in 1973. They own Peter Piper Pizza restaurants and Burger Kings and started as Thoroughbred owners in the late 1990s. The Robisons often race at Sunland Park in New Mexico, just outside El Paso, and they campaigned 2013 Breeders’ Cup Sprint (G1) contender Wine Police and 2014 participant Mico Margarita.
|September 25, 2021||Gallant Bob S.||PARX RACING||2||1|
|August 28, 2021||H. Allen Jerkens Memorial S.||SARATOGA||1||1|
|August 01, 2021||Amsterdam S.||SARATOGA||2||1|
|June 05, 2021||Woody Stephens S. Presented by Nassau County Industrial Development Agency||BELMONT PARK||1||2|
|May 01, 2021||Pat Day Mile S. presented by LG&E and KU||CHURCHILL DOWNS||2||1|
|February 27, 2021||Southwest S.||OAKLAWN PARK||3||3|
- October 21, 2021
This is the last of eight weekly news releases focusing on the horses and races leading to the 38th Breeders’ Cup World Championships on Friday, Nov. 5 and Saturday, Nov. 6 at Del Mar.
- August 5, 2021
The path to the 2021 Breeders’ Cup World Championships at Del Mar on Nov. 5-6 is a road with plenty of ups and downs as talented racehorses vie for a spot in one of 14 championship races and $31 million in purses and awards.
- November 6, 2020
A full field will assemble to clash over their share of a $2M dollar purse and a single championship title. The resplendent favorite, boasting a diamond of record perfection, having gone four-for-four, will now be put to a two-turn test.