Centennial Farms’ Grade I winner Preservationist (Arch–Flying Dixie, by Dixieland Band) has been retired from racing and will take up stud duty at Mr. and Mrs. Brereton C. Jones’s Airdrie Stud for the 2020 breeding season.
Bred in Kentucky by Emory A. Hamilton, Preservationist was a $485,000 yearling purchase by Centennial before going on to become one of this year’s top-rated older horses following wins in the GI Woodward S. at Saratoga and Belmont Park’s GII Suburban H. Trained throughout his career by Jimmy Jerkens, Preservationist retires with a record of 11-6-1-2 and earnings of $1,084,550.
A son of Claiborne Farm’s late, influential sire Arch and out of the Dixieland Band mare Flying Dixie, Preservationist’s pedigree represents the combination of two of the most influential female families affiliated with the historic King Ranch breeding program. His sire, Arch, is a direct descendant of the great foundation mare Courtly Dee, while Flying Dixie traces back directly to blue hen broodmares Too Chic and Monade. Both female families have long churned out top runners Hamilton, her sister Helen Alexander and their mother Helen Groves.
“Preservationist was bred top and bottom to be a special horse, and that is exactly what he was,” said Airdrie Stud’s Bret Jones. “While it’s well documented that his greatest achievements came as an older horse, everyone we have spoken to about this horse has told us that he has been revered as a special talent from his absolute earliest days as a 2-year-old. His wins in the Woodward and Suburban are at the top of his resume, but we are just as enamored that he had the speed and versatility to earn a 3 Ragozin figure when breaking his maiden going 6 furlongs in 1:09 1. He had exceptional ability, and when combined with his blue-blooded pedigree and the over-the-top good looks that made him Arch’s most expensive yearling of his sale year, we really believe we have an exceptional stallion prospect. The team at Centennial Farms is absolutely top class, and we are very grateful to them for giving us the opportunity to stand their special horse.”
“Preservationist was one of the most gifted and generous horses I’ve ever trained,” added Jerkens. “I’ve said multiple times that the two best training horses I’ve ever had were Preservationist and Quality Road. I’m convinced he would’ve stamped himself as a top miler had he not so excelled at the longer distances.”
Preservationist will stand his initial season at Airdrie for a stud fee of $10,000.