Jackie’s Warrior (MacLean’s Music) makes history with Vanderbilt win on Saturday.

Alex Orr Jr. (TimesUnion.com)
 
SARATOGA SPRINGS — Jackie’s Warrior lived up to his trainer’s hopes and dreams when he took the lead around the far turn and went on to win the 39th running of Saratoga’s Alfred G. Vanderbilt Stakes.
 
With the win, the 4-year-old colt became the first horse in Saratoga’s storied history to win a Grade I race three years in succession. He started that streak by taking the trophy in the 2021 running of the Hopeful for 2-year-olds. The H. Allen Jerkins Memorial at seven furlongs was his 2021 Spa Grade 1 win.
 
Jackie’s Warrior broke fourth in the Vanderbilt under Joel Rosario, the only rider the colt has ever had in a race. After a brief tussle with the long shot Doc Amster, the son of Maclean’s Music moved to the lead with a half-mile to run.
 
From there on to the wire, Rosario was as still as a statue in the saddle. They glided home two lengths ahead of Kneedeepinsnow with Ricardo Santana Jr. aboard.
 
Chantal Sutherland rode Willy Boi to third, another three lengths back.
 
Steve Asmussen, who leads all American trainers with more than 9,800 career wins, showed his pride in Jackie’s Warrior saying, “The great racehorses that have run here and he’s the only one to do that (three Grade I’s in three years). I can’t say how much I’ve wanted that for him.”
 
Jackie’s Warrior now sports a racing record of 12 wins in 16 starts. His purse bankroll is now more than $2.6 million for this owners, J. Kirk Robison and Judy Robison.
 

When asked about future plans for Jackie’s Warrior, Asmussen said, “ We expect him to run back here in the Forego (Aug. 27) and the Breeders’ Cup Sprint (Nov. 5 at Keeneland) and then it’s off to Spendthrift” for his career as a breeding stallion.

 

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