Preservationist 'staying sound' for Jockey Club Gold Cup run

NYRA Press Office
September 21, 2019 08:45am

Trainer Jimmy Jerkens hopes that the next couple of weekends are prosperous ones for his barn with two of his stable stars slated for Grade 1 action at Belmont Park.

Coming fresh off a victory in the Woodward (G1),
 Preservationist is targeting next Saturday's Grade 1, $750,000 Jockey Club Gold Cup at Belmont Park. The following weekend, Jerkens will saddle Green Light Go for the Grade 1, $500,000 Champagne on October 5.

Both races are "Win And You're In" events for the Breeders' Cup at Santa Anita on November 1-2.

Preservationist made his stakes debut a winning one when besting dual Grade 1 winner Catholic Boy in the Suburban (G2) on July 6 at Big Sandy before finishing fourth in the Whitney (G1) at Saratoga.

Since the Woodward, Preservationist has worked twice over the Belmont Park main track, the most recent being a seven-furlong breeze in 1:28.20 on September 17.

"He seems really good. I can't knock him. He's got his energy, he's eating well and he's staying sound," Jerkens said.

Following his career debut in June 2016 where he finished second, the 6-year-old son of Arch was placed on the shelf and did not race again until the following December. He broke his maiden in January 2018 at Aqueduct and defeated winners in a first-level allowance at the Big A one month later before going on the shelf for 11 months.

Jerkens said he's taking it one race at a time with the talented Preservationist.

"From here, we're taking it one race at a time and not getting ahead of ourselves," said Jerkens. "Just get him back to what he's been doing and hope we can keep him going."

The veteran conditioner has posted a pair of runner-up efforts in the Jockey Club Gold Cup with Wicked Strong and Effinex in 2015-16.

Stronach Stables' Green Light Go remains on target for the Champagne and will enter the one-turn mile off of a win in the Saratoga Special (G2).

Since arriving back at Belmont, Green Light Go has worked twice, most recently going six furlongs in 1:15.60 over the training track on September 17.

"He had a nice work the other day. He galloped out in 13 and we'll give him a nice work next week," Jerkens said.

Initially intended to run in the Hopeful (G1) on Closing Day at the Spa, the son of Hard Spun was scratched from the race due to track conditions.

"He was coming back kind of close but it was a combination of that and the track," Jerkens said. "Coming back so close we felt like we didn't really need to run on a track like that. We waited it out a little bit. After the first two races it didn't look like it was going to dry and get any better."

2019 Jockey Club Gold Cup (G1)


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