Best Beyer: Jackie’s Warrior, Essential Quality and Midnight Bourbon, Beau Liam

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Jackie’s Warrior (Joel Rosario) holds Life Is Good in H Allen Jerkens at Saratoga. Photo: NYRA/Janet Garagulo (Coglianese)

107 Jackie’s Warrior

Saratoga (August 28): H Allen Jerkens Memorial G1 $500,000, 7f, dirt, 3yo

Twice a G1 winner at two, Jackie’s Warrior added further top-level success here with yet another impressive display. After chasing the leader Life Is Good, the Steve Asmussen-trained colt took over a couple of furlongs out and was always just holding the runner-up’s renewed effort as he scored by a neck.

Mind you, this was a noteworthy effort from Life Is Good, awarded a 106 BSF on his return after a six-month layoff with new trainer Todd Pletcher following the setback that knocked him out of Bob Baffert’s Triple Crown team. He’s already got a 107 under his belt. It could be quite a rematch if the pair meet again in the Breeders’ Cup Dirt Mile.

Asmussen also saddled Yaupon (103) to win the Forego while Baffert’s superstar filly Gamine (104) continued on her merry way in the Ballerina.

107 Essential Quality (won) and Midnight Bourbon (2nd)

Saratoga (August 29) Travers Stakes G1 $1.25m, 1m2f, dirt, 3yo

A neck separated Essential Quality and Midnight Bourbon after their Travers Stakes duel but nothing separated them on the Beyer scale, with both horses hitting this week’s high of 107 as they pulled five lengths clear of the third.

Midnight Bourbon had the run of the race but Essential Quality is a tough customer as he demonstrated here in overcoming a stubborn rival to take his career record to eight out of nine. The Breeders’ Cup Classic remains the obvious target.

Best Beyers of 2021

Knicks Go 5h (Brad Cox) Prairie Meadows, July 2: Cornhusker G3

Knicks Go 5h (Brad Cox) Saratoga, Aug 7: Whitney G1

Essential Quality 3c (Brad Cox) Belmont Park, June 5: Belmont G1
Mischevious Alex 4c (Saffie Joseph) Aqueduct, April 3: Carter G1

Country Grammer 4c (Bob Baffert) Santa Anita, April 17: Californian G2 (2nd)
Hot Rod Charlie 3c (Doug O’Neill) Belmont Park, June 5: Belmont G1
Knicks Go 5h (Brad Cox) Gulfstream Park, Jan 23: Pegasus G1
Mystic Guide 4c (Mike Stidham) Oaklawn Park, Feb 27: Razorback G3
Royal Ship 5g (Richard Mandella) Santa Anita, April 17: Californian G2

Beau Liam 3c (Steve Asmussen): Saratoga, August 29: allowance
Essential Quality 3c (Brad Cox): Saratoga, August 28: Travers G1
Jackie’s Warrior 3c (Steve Asmussen): Saratoga, August 28: Jerkens Memorial G1
Life Is Good 3c (Bob Baffert) Santa Anita, March 6: San Felipe G2
Midnight Bourbon 3c (Steve Asmussen): Saratoga, August 28: Travers G1 (2nd)

Beau Liam 3c (Steve Asmussen) Saratoga, July 17: allowance
Cezanne 4c (Bob Baffert) Santa Anita, April 18: Kona Gold G3
Country Grammer 4c (Bob Baffert) Santa Anita, May 31: Hollywood GC G1 
Domestic Spending 4g (Chad Brown) Belmont Park, June 5: Manhattan G1
Life Is Good 3c (Bob Baffert) Saratoga, August 28: Jerkens Memorial G1 (2nd)
Raging Bull 6h (Chad Brown) Keeneland, April 9: Maker’s Mark Mile G1
Witsel 3c (Chad Brown) Saratoga, July 17: allowance (2nd)

Top 2yo Beyers: 93 Big City Lights (Santa Anita, May 2), 92 Echo Zula (Saratoga, July 15), Jack Christopher (Saratoga, August 28), My Prankster (Saratoga, August 21)

Until end August 29. Turf Beyers in italics

107 Beau Liam

Saratoga (August 29): allowance optional claimer 6½f, dirt, 3yo+

Three out of three now for Beau Liam, who continues to produce eyecatching performances as he moves through the grades.

After his 106 BSF last time for a narrow victory in allowance company at this venue, he was untroubled to improve his Beyer to 107 in a six-length victory at odds of 2-5. Next time, surely, trainer Steve Asmussen will be looking at graded stakes.

… and in case you were wondering, Kentucky Derby winner Medina Spirit notched a 100 BSF when scoring on his comeback in stakes company at Del Mar on Sunday.

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