TrainerJames A. Jerkens
BreederEmory A. Hamilton
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.
|August 31, 2019||Woodward S. Presented by NYRA Bets||SARATOGA||1||1|
|August 03, 2019||Whitney S.||SARATOGA||1||4|
|July 06, 2019||Suburban S.||BELMONT PARK||2||1|
|May 23, 2019||BELMONT PARK||1|
|February 02, 2019||AQUEDUCT||1|
|January 05, 2019||AQUEDUCT||3|
|February 17, 2018||AQUEDUCT||1|
|January 20, 2018||AQUEDUCT||1|
|December 21, 2017||AQUEDUCT||3|
|June 10, 2016||BELMONT PARK||2|
- September 17, 2019
Little change for Week #15 in the latest Breeders’ Cup Classic Rankings as Mike Pegram, Karl Watson and Paul Weitman’s 4-year-old McKinzie holds onto the top spot with 287 votes, and maintains a solid lead over two-time Dubai World Cup (G1) winner, Thunder Snow (IRE), who has 183 votes in second place.
- September 10, 2019
Coming off a very quiet week in the Classic Division, the latest Breeders’ Cup Classic Rankings remain virtually the same as the results from last week’s poll. Mike Pegram, Karl Watson and Paul Weitman’s 4-year-old McKinzie leads the Top Ten, with the next six positions staying intact from Sept. 3.
- September 3, 2019
Centennial Farm’s 6-year-old Preservationist, a gritty half-length winner of the Woodward Stakes (G1) at Saratoga on Saturday, soared back into the Top 10 in the latest Breeders’ Cup Classic Rankings.