Heart, class, talent, guts. A horse like this is the kind you dream of each day in this sport.
Expertise, loyalty, patience. People like these are the kind you work to surround yourself with.
Pure joy. Moments like this are what happens when it all comes together.
Preservationist put forth a phenomenal effort to become a Grade 1 winner, forcing his way through traffic to take the prestigious Woodward at Saratoga Race Course. The six-year-old’s success at the highest level is the result of considerable horsemanship by the team in Middleburg and the Jimmy Jerkens barn coupled with patience by his partners, who understood the value of putting the horse first. Expertly piloted by Junior Alvardo, Preservationist confirmed his standing as one of the nation’s top older horses with a victory over a field that included the race’s defending champ and two subsequent G1 winners.
BloodHorse – “Preservationist Prevails in Woodward”
Daily Gazette – “Preservationist on best behavior in Woodward”
Daily Racing Form – “Preservationist breaks through in gutsy Woodward win”
NYRA – “Preservationist’s stretch-drive surge caps thrilling finish in G1 Woodward presented by NYRA Bets”
Saratoga Special – “Long Road – Preservationist Lands Woodward”
Thoroughbred Daily News – “Preservationist All Heart in the Woodward“
That was a wing-ding of a Woodward at Saratoga. Nice to see the patience of @J_JerkensRacing rewarded with first G1 win for Preservationist, 6yo horse by Arch. Gutsy ride by @Juniorjockey and congrats to Don Little and the @Centennial_Farm partners. Longshot Bal Harbour second.
— Ray Paulick (@raypaulick) August 31, 2019
What a horse he is how lucky am I 🥰🥰….. Baby Preservationist learning the ropes way back when In Middleburg VA @Centennial_Farm @Peter_Horvitz @MargaretOMeara1 @DocShirlJ @J_JerkensRacing @SPNnation74 pic.twitter.com/BEelGGOXd5
— Aoife Brazil (@bbrazila) September 1, 2019
Was sitting in front of the Preservationist contingent for the Woodward (gratuitous seat location drop), but in all seriousness, they had at least 6 boxes, and the screams they let out went further than dollars and cents. Real cool. @Centennial_Farm @J_JerkensRacing @Juniorjockey
— Kevin Cox (@brooklyncowboy1) September 1, 2019
So happy to see all the attention and love given to Preservationist, @Centennial_Farm and @J_JerkensRacing for yesterday. Their accomplishments stand on their own, but I like to think I had a hand in increasing their fanbase over the years.
— Juba (the Gray) (@Jubacolt) September 1, 2019
— TVG (@TVG) September 1, 2019
That was one helluva ride by @Juniorjockey on Preservationist and a great training job by @J_JerkensRacing winning the Woodward for top stable @Centennial_Farm. Very brave performance muscling his way between horses in deep stretch. That’s what racing is all about!
— Richard Migliore (@RichardMigliore) August 31, 2019
— America’sBestRacing (@ABRLive) August 31, 2019
— Erica Miller (@EricaPhotog) August 31, 2019