Champion Jackie's Warrior returns in Oaklawn's Count Fleet

Champion Jackie's Warrior returns in Oaklawn's Count Fleet
Photo: Dom Napolitano

Champion Jackie’s Warrior is the 6-5 program favorite for Saturday’s $500,000 Count Fleet Sprint Handicap (G3) for older horses at 6 furlongs.

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Jackie’s Warrior, who was assigned top weight of 123 pounds, will be making his 4-year-old debut after capturing an Eclipse Award as the country’s champion male sprinter of 2021. A multiple Grade 1 winner for Hall of Fame trainer Steve Asmussen, Jackie’s Warrior hasn’t started since finishing sixth in the $2 million Breeders’ Cup Sprint (G1) Nov. 6 at Del Mar.

Asmussen has won the Count Fleet a record-tying three times, including 2019 with Mitole, who also captured the 2019 Breeders’ Cup Sprint (G1) en route to an Eclipse Award as the country’s champion male sprinter.

Bob’s Edge (121 pounds) is the top locally based older male sprinter after winning the $150,000 King Cotton Stakes Jan. 29 and $200,000 Whitmore Stakes (G3) March 19 for trainer Larry Jones.

Jackie’s Warrior will be racing on Lasix for the first time in his career Saturday.

Empire of Gold ran fourth in the 2020 Breeders’ Cup Sprint (G1) and third in last year’s Count Fleet (G3) for co-owner/trainer Terry Eoff. Empire of Gold hasn’t started since an Oct. 20 allowance victory at Remington Park.

Probable post time for the Count Fleet, which goes as the 11th of 12 races, is 6:42 p.m. EDT. First post Saturday is 1:10 p.m.

2022 Count Fleet Sprint Handicap (G3)

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