MGISW Jackie's Warrior (Maclean's Music) stands well above the rest of the field in the GII Gallant Bob S. at Parx Saturday. Winner of the GI Hopeful S. and GI Champagne S. last season, the bay captured the GII Pat Day Mile May 1 on the GI Kentucky Derby undercard and missed by a neck next out in Belmont's GI Woody Stephens S. June 5. Dominating by 7 1/4 lengths in Saratoga's GII Amsterdam S. Aug. 1, the $95,000 KEESEP purchase denied previously unbeaten 'TDN Rising Star' Life is Good (Into Mischief) by a neck after a gritty stretch battle in the Spa's GI H. Allen Jerkens Memorial S. 27 days later. He earned a gaudy 107 Beyer Speed Figure and is the only member of this field with a triple-digit Beyer.
Also exiting the Jerkens is fifth-place finisher Newbomb (Speightstown), who romped by eight lengths in a Saratoga allowance prior to that event Aug. 7.
Carlos David saddles Real Talk (Gemologist) off a decisive score in Monmouth's Jersey Shore S. Aug. 15. A Gulfstream optional claimer winner June 4, he was second next out in the Carry Back S. July 10.
Hometown hero Beren (Weigelia) looks to take his Parx record to five wins from nine starts Saturday. Crushing the field by 9 1/2 lengths in an off-the-turf renewal of the Crowd Pleaser S. going two turns here June 22, the bay was well-beaten when seventh in Saratoga's nine-panel Curlin S. July 30. He returned to winning ways with a 6 1/2-length defeat of Marvalous Mike (Uncle Lino) in the track-and-trip Parx Summer Sprint S. Aug. 24.