TDN Top Triple Crown Contenders

Jackie’s Warrior

4) JACKIE’S WARRIOR (c, Maclean’s MusicUnicorn Girl, by A. P. Five Hundred)
O-J Kirk & Judy Robison. B-J & J Stables (Ky). T-Steve Asmussen. Sales history: $95,000 yrl ’19 KEESEP. Lifetime Record: 5-4-0-0, $502,564.
Last Start: 4th GI TVG Breeders’ Cup Juvenile, Kee, Nov. 6
Accomplishments: 1st GII Saratoga Special, 1st GI Runhappy Hopeful S., 1st GI Champagne S.
Next Start:Uncommitted.
Equineline PPs. Ky Derby Points: 12.

From June through October, Jackie’s Warrior ran the table with four consecutive open-length wins that resonated as man-against-boys throttlings in which he controlled legit splits and often turned for home in hand while overmatched rivals were under full-out drives. Then came the Breeders’ Cup, in which this Maclean’s Music colt went off favored in the Juvenile and enjoyed a no-excuse stalking trip with an overly ambitious speed duel in front of him. “Jackie” got first run at those caving pacemakers, but was tag-teamed turning for home, first by the longest shot on the board before Essential Quality powered past to win. This $95,000 KEESEP colt ended up fourth, beaten only 3 1/4 lengths, so it was not the type of loss that will tarnish his overall body of work. But a defeat in his only two-turn attempt means distance questions will linger into 2021 until Jackie otherwise proves route races are within his wheelhouse. His 100 Beyer from winning the one-turn mile GI Champagne S. still clocks in as the only triple-digit Beyer earned by a juvenile in 2020.