In a thrilling finish, Jackie's Warrior scores in the Pat Day Mile.
JACKIE'S WARRIOR went to the front and led the field through fractions of :21.75, :43.68 and 1:07.97. At the top of the lane DREAM SHAKE emerged from a stalking position to challenge the Asmussen trainee, but just couldn't get the power needed to overcome the leader.
JACKIE'S WARRIOR, ridden by Joel Rosario, covered the mile distance in 1:34.39. This was the third victory for Asmussen in the Pat Day Mile and the second win for Rosario.
"I was pretty confident that he was going to hang in down the stretch. He likes when a horse comes up to him and really digs in. I was not worried about the fast early pace because he fights very hard down the stretch," said Rosario.
DREAM SHAKE finished second with WHISKEY DOUBLE following 4 ½ lengths back in third.
JACKIE'S WARRIOR is a son of MACLEAN'S MUSIC out of UNICORN GIRL by A. P. FIVE HUNDRED.