The three-year-old colt won all of his first four races to catch the eye, but ultimately failed to qualify for the Churchill Downs showpiece on May 1.
2021 Road to the Kentucky Derby
Jackie's Warrior had been a regular in the top 10 of the 2021 Road to the Kentucky Derby leaderboard in the early part of the season, but hasn't raced since late February. This saw the runner pick up just 14 qualifying Derby points in total, seeing them drop out of contention.
Jackie's Warrior's first set of qualifying points came with his victory in the Champagne Stakes (G1) at Belmont Park on October 10, 2020. The runner registered a 99 Speed Figure and beat names like Reinvestment Risk and Midnight Bourbon, with the latter having qualified for the Kentucky Derby with 66 points.
The colt romped to victory in the Champagne, covering the one mile on the fast track surface in 1:35.42. He was guided by the great Joel Rosario in the saddle. The win saw him pick up his first 10 Road to the Kentucky Derby qualifying points.
On February 27, Jackie's Warrior finished third behind Essential Quality and Spielberg in the Southwest Stakes at Oaklawn Park, picking up two further Road to the Kentucky Derby points.
Jackie's Warrior's career performances
Jackie's Warrior's debut race came at Churchill Downs on June 19, 2020 - a five-furlong dash on the dirt. The runner sat in second as he tracked the pace to the top of the lane. He eventually pulled away and won by two-and-a-half lengths.
His next performance took place at Saratoga as well, where he stretched out to seven furlongs to run in the September 7 Runhappy Hopeful Stakes (G1). In what was his third outing, he was never headed and won by two-and-a-quarter lengths.
Jackie Warrior's pedigree
Jackie's Warrior's connections
There's a reason why Jackie's Warrior is one of the leading names on the 2021 Road to the Kentucky Derby. The colt is surrounded by talented connections who know how to maximise his skills. He is trained by a Hall of Famer in Steve Asmussen (pictured), who has a career record of more than 9,000 wins. His earnings sit at more than $352million. Considered one of the great trainers in the sport, Asmussen is a two-time Eclipse Award winner, taking the 2008 and 2009 Eclipse Award for Outstanding Trainer.
Jackie's Warrior's regular rider is Joel Rosario, who is another one of the greatest in the sport. The jockey has more than 3,000 career wins from over 16,500 starts. He has total purse earnings above $235million.
The runner is owned by Kirk and Judy Robinson, who have a long and successful career. Their career record includes more than 530 wins. Jackie's Warrior is just one of many impressive racehorses owned by the pair. He joins names like Fast Gator, and Grit and Curiosity.