Saturday’s card at the Oaklawn Park offers the G3 Count Fleet Sprint Handicap, where multiple G1 winner Jackie’s Warrior is set for a seasonal debut. The four-year-old colt will carry the biggest weight, but his class should help him overcome the difficulty and score the race under Joel Rosario.
Count Fleet Sprint Handicap
This G3 handicap is held at the distance of six furlongs and is open to four-year-old and older horses. The purse of $500,000 lured in a field of six contestants who will compete on the dirt surface, while four-year-old colt Jackie’s Warrior (6-5) is the leading victory candidate here.
Trained by Steven Asmussen, the son of Maclean’s Music has always boasted tremendous talent, given he scored two G1 wins as a two-year-old. After he didn’t stay longer distances and wasn’t pointed towards the Kentucky Derby, he successfully thronged among the sprinters’ elite after he bagged three G2 races and the G1 H. Allen Jerkens Memorial Stakes in August.
Once again, his effort at the Breeders’ Cup meeting wasn’t that good, but otherwise, Jackie’s Warrior is a consistent specimen who even bettered Life Is Good in 2021. He might need one start to get into optimal form; still, he needs to be perceived as the leading chance.
His most serious rival seems to be Bob’s Edge (2-1), trained by J. Larry Jones, who couldn’t score even a black-type race until this year. The four-year-old gelding is unbeaten in 2022, though, as he easily bagged a Listed win, upon which he triumphed in the G3 Whitmore Stakes over the distance of seven furlongs. Although he carried the biggest weight, he managed to record his premiere Graded victory; however, he’s about to face multiple G1 winner in this race, so he has to step up his game to catch up with Jackie’s Warrior.
The remaining quartet of participants will carry considerably lower weights than the mentioned duo, which they definitely can benefit from. The most interesting of them seems to be Empire of Gold (6-1), a five-year-old horse who hasn’t won even a black-type but finished second in the G2 Ogden Phoenix Stakes and fourth in the Breeders’ Cup Sprint in 2020.
In 2021, he took third place in the Count Fleet Sprint Handicap, which could be doable for him also on Saturday. Mojo Man (8-1) finished fifth last year and has won a Stakes and Allowance race since. Chipofftheoldblock (8-1) has been running in the Allowances recently and bagged one win, while Letsgetlucky (6-1) has collected three third places at the black-type scene; however, he’s just a four-year-old gelding, so he may be still capable of some progress.
Count Fleet Sprint Handicap Odds & Prediction
Our pick for the Count Fleet Sprint Handicap is Jackie’s Warrior, who’s shown the most class of all participants, and he just should score this.
|Horse||Jockey||Horse Racing Odds by JazzSports|
|Mojo Man||Ricardo Santana, Jr.||+900|
|Chipofftheoldblock||Jon Kenton Court||+850|
|Empire of Gold||Richard E. Eramia||+650|
|Jackie’s Warrior||Joel Rosario||-200|
|Bob’s Edge||Luis S. Quinonez||+275|
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