Jackie's Warrior Gets Better Of Life Is Good In H. Allen Jerkens Memorial - Horse Racing News

Jackie’s Warrior (green cap) gets a head in front of Life Is Good (white cap) at the wire of the H. Allen Jerkens Memorial at Saratoga.

Jackie’s Warrior followed his 7 1/4-length victory in the Grade 2 Amsterdam with a gritty performance in the Grade 1 H. Allen Jerkins Memorial at Saratoga Race Course in Saratoga Springs, N.Y. The son of Maclean’s Music showed his versatility after running second throughout much of the seven furlongs, taking the lead in the stretch, and holding off a resurgent Life Is Good to win the G1 stakes for 3-year-olds.

Breaking from post two, Jackie’s Warrior got out of the gate fast, but Mike Smith and Life Is Good were fastest, taking the lead in the first quarter-mile, with Judge N Jury in third. Around the far turn, Life Is Good had as much as a 2 1/2-length lead on Jackie’s Warrior, who kept the leader in his sights as they entered the stretch. Once in the straight, Jackie’s Warrior, running toward Life Is Good’s inside, took over the lead, but Smith and the son of Into Mischief fought back, closing the gap between the two in the last sixteenth. The two dueled through the race’s final yards, with Jackie’s Warrior getting a neck in front at the wire. Following Sea was third, with Drain the Clock, Newbomb, and Judge N Jury rounding out the order of finish.

The final time for the seven furlongs was 1.21.39. Find this race’s chart here.

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