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.
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- 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.
- October 2, 2019
McKinzie, Code of Honor and Vino Rosso Maintain Top Three Spots in Latest Breeders' Cup Classic Rankings; Omaha Beach Zooms to No. 6
Mike Pegram, Karl Watson and Paul Weitman’s 4-year-old McKinzie maintains his lead over William S. Farish’s 3-year-old Code of Honor and Repole Stable and St. Elias Stable’s 4-year-old Vino Rosso in the latest Breeders’ Cup Classic Rankings, with each horse holding onto the same positions as last week.
- July 30, 2019
McKinzie Leads Latest Breeders’ Cup Classic Rankings as Top Four Horses are Slated to Battle in Saturday’s Whitney
Mike Pegram, Karl Watson and Paul Weitman’s 4-year-old McKinzie (243 votes) leads Thunder Snow (IRE), Vino Rosso and Preservationist in the latest Breeders’ Cup Classic Rankings poll, and are all expected to start in Saturday’s $1 million Whitney (G1) from Saratoga Race Course in Saratoga Springs, N.Y.