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Spendthrift acquires breeding rights to multiple G1 juvenile Jackie’s Warrior

October 14, 2020

Jackie's Warrior is the first horse since champion Dehere to win the Saratoga Special, Hopeful and Champagne | NYRA photo

Jackie’s Warrior is the first horse since champion Dehere to win the Saratoga Special, Hopeful and Champagne | NYRA photo

B. Wayne Hughes’ Spendthrift Farm has acquired the breeding rights to undefeated multiple Grade One-winning juvenile Jackie’s Warrior, dominant winner of Saturday’s Champagne S. (G1) at Belmont.

Jackie’s Warrior has also captured the Hopeful S. (G1) and Saratoga Special S. (G2) at Saratoga after winning his debut earlier this summer at Churchill Downs. Trained by Steve Asmussen, the record-setting colt is a perfect 4-for-4 with earnings of $402,564 to date for owners Kirk and Judy Robison.

“Jackie’s Warrior is proving to be one of the fastest 2-year-olds to come around in the last decade or more, and we are extremely excited to follow his racing career and witness the special things he can accomplish before he joins us at Spendthrift,” said Ned Toffey, Spendthrift general manager. “For such an imposing colt, Jackie’s Warrior is extraordinarily athletic and light on his feet. We could not be more impressed by the way he continues to run good fields off their feet and pour it on late when he lengthens that beautiful stride of his. A month after lowering the 28-year-old stakes record in the Hopeful, he comes back and runs a mile in 1:35 in the Champagne and did not look the least bit tired at the wire. We are obviously very happy to be associated, and we wish Kirk and Judy Robison and the Asmussen team the best of luck in the Breeders’ Cup.”

“Judy and I are very grateful to campaign this exceptional colt, and Spendthrift will give Jackie’s Warrior every chance to be a leading stallion when his racing career is over,” said Kirk Robison. “Few do what he has done in four starts – four wins over three different tracks, three in graded stakes, two in historic Grade 1 races and recording a 100 Beyer speed figure in the Champagne Stakes. He is a lifetime horse and is just getting started. Steve Asmussen and his team have done an exceptional job in his development. We are excited to be part of his unlimited promise. Judy and I are pledging 2% of Jackie’s Warrior’s potential purse earnings from the Juvenile to New Vocations for their tremendous work in Thoroughbred aftercare.”

Jackie’s Warrior dominated Saturday’s Champagne with a front-running 5 ½-length score, hitting the wire geared down in 1:35.42 for the mile. He earned a 100 Beyer for the win, marking the fastest Champagne since Daredevil in 2014.

Last month, Jackie’s Warrior established a new stakes record in Saratoga’s featured Hopeful, drawing off to an eye-catching 2 ¼-length victory. His final time of 1:21.29 for seven furlongs is the fastest in the last 28 years the Hopeful has been contested at the distance. Jackie’s Warrior earned a 95 Beyer for that win, marking the fastest Hopeful since 2007, and his 100 & 95 Beyers are the two fastest by a juvenile so far in 2020. Jackie’s Warrior becomes the first horse to pull off the Hopeful–Champagne double since Practical Joke in 2016, and first to win the Saratoga Special, Hopeful & Champagne in New York since 2-year-old champion Dehere in 1993.

In June, Jackie’s Warrior won on debut at Churchill Downs by 2 ½ lengths, running five furlongs in 57.49. He followed up that effort with a 3-length victory in the Saratoga Special, zipping six furlongs in 1:09.62. Jackie’s Warrior has won his four starts clear by a combined 13 ¼ lengths, with an average margin of victory of more than 3 ¼ lengths.

“In this day and age, to win the Saratoga Special, Hopeful and Champagne in the fashion in which he did it is truly remarkable,” said Asmussen.

The Champagne was a “Win And You’re In” for next month’s $2 million Breeders’ Cup Juvenile (G1) at Keeneland, where Jackie’s Warrior figures to be one of the favorites.