Jackie's Warrior's reign as the East Coast's leading juvenile colt continued Saturday when the son of Maclean's Music produced a decisive and emphatic victory in the $250,000 Champagne Stakes (G1) at Belmont Park.
Under Joel Rosario, Jackie's Warrior held a steady lead of about a length over Reinvestment Risk while setting splits of :23.12, :46.54, and 1:10.68. In the stretch, the odds-on choice drew off from that rival under a minimal urging and won by 5 1/2 lengths in a time of 1:35.34 for one mile on a fast track.
Owned by J. Kirk and Judy Robison, the Steve Asmussen-trained Jackie's Warrior paid $3.70. Reinvestment Risk finished second by 8 3/4 lengths over Midnight Bourbon, who had more than 10 lengths on Civil War.
Jackie's Warrior earned 10 qualifying points for the 2021 Kentucky Derby (G1) with his Champagne victory. Reinvestment Risk earned four points, Midnight Bourbon two points, and Civil War one point.
Jackie's Warrior likely heads to next month's Breeders' Cup Juvenile (G1) at Keeneland with earnings of $402,564. Undefeated from four starts, he previously won the Saratoga Special (G2) and the Hopeful (G1), the latter in stakes-record time.
Bred in Kentucky by J & J Stables, Jackie's Warrior sold for $85,000 at Keeneland September. By Maclean's Music, is out of the A. P. Five Hundred mare Unicorn Girl.
The 2-year-old filly Dayoutoftheoffice is based at Thistledown, near Cleveland, but can figuratively make it anywhere after rolling to a two-length win in the $250,000 Frizette Stakes (G1) at Belmont.
Rating in second down the backside, the Tim Hamm-trained daughter of Into Mischief seized control approaching the quarter pole and safely held off odds-on favorite Vequist down the stretch to win the one-mile fixture under Junior Alvarado.
Owned by Hamm and breeder Sienna Farm, Dayoutoftheoffice finished up in a time of 1:35.82 and paid $7.80 as the second choice. Finishing third, more than 10 lengths behind Vequist, was Cilla, with pace setter Joy's Rocket fourth.
The Frizette awarded 2021 Kentucky Oaks qualifying points of 10-4-2-1 to the top four finishers, respectively.
Now 3-for-3, Dayoutoftheoffice captured her May 14 debut at Gulfstream Park by 4 3/4 lengths and followed up with a six-length romp in the Schuylerville (G3) at Saratoga on July 16. Now Breeders' Cup bound, she'll head to Lexington with earnings of $216,500.
The Kentucky-bred Dayoutoftheoffice was produced by Gottahaveadream, by Uncle Charlie. Her third dam, Grade 1 winner Race the Wild Wind, is the ancestress of Daredevil, sire of the filly Preakness (G1) winner Swiss Skydiver.