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Horse Racing Exclusive – Undefeated Jackie’s Warrior is Top Two-Year Old in America

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When Jackie’s Warrior won his second Grade I race in only four starts on Saturday, he solidified his place as the top two-year old horse in the country. The son of Maclean’s Music romped to a 5 1/2 length victory in the Champagne Stakes at Belmont Park, remaining undefeated in four starts. In his usual front-running style, he covered the mile in 1:35.42 and received a career- high 100 Beyer for the effort. This $250k race was a “Win and You’re In” for Breeders’ Cup; so, Jackie’s Warrior will make his next start at Keeneland on November 6th going a mile and a sixteenth.

I really cannot describe how effortlessly this horse seems to win races. He goes to the lead and never looks back. He has raced at three different tracks in his four starts and just seems to be getting better and stronger with each race. Of course, as with all Breeders’ Cup contenders, he will face the toughest competition of his life at Keeneland. 
 
Trained by Steve Asmussen and ridden by Joel Rosario, Jackie’s Warrior has world-class connections. The $95,000 Keeneland September yearling purchase has more than earned his oats for J. Kirk and Judy Robinson as he is averaging about $100k per start. Not bad for a youngster. 
 
The GI Frizette for two year old fillies was also held on Saturday at Belmont. Dayoutoftheoffice for Ohio-based trainer Tim Hamm bested her closest competitor by 2 1/2 lengths with jockey Junior Alvarado aboard.  She is undefeated in three starts and will give Hamm his first career Breeders’ Cup starter next month.
 
 The daughter of red-hot sire Into Mischief has been flawless so far, breaking her maiden at first asking at Gulfstream Park, and taking the G3 Schuylerville at Saratoga by a combined 10 3/4 lengths. Dayoutoftheoffice will face some stiff west coast competition in the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies race as Princess Noor rolls into town. The undefeated daughter of freshman sire Not This Time is trained by Bob Baffert and will likely be the post-time favorite. 
 
Finally, I would like to mention one more two-year old who made a big impression on me this weekend. Perhaps the fact that I had a nice wager across the board on her has something to do with that. Nevertheless, Roc’s Princess broke her maiden at first asking at Keeneland on Saturday for trainer Billy Gowan with Jon Court up. Gowan had not won a single race in 2020. Jockey Jon Court had only three victories this year. 
 
This filly is out of first-crop sire Ride on Curlin, who was also trained by Gowan. She had some bullet works at the Churchill Downs Training Center here in Louisville, but went virtually unnoticed on the tote board. 
 
Roc’s Princess paid 41.40 to win, 19.20 to place, and 9.80 to show. I seriously doubt we will ever see those kind of odds on her again. But it was fun for a day! 
 
Breeders’ Cup is just around the corner. At the Roedemeier Ranch, we often find these races challenging but difficult to handicap. Only on these two days will you see a horse who is normally 5-2 leave the gate at 8-1 or better. 

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