Oaklawn's Count Fleet Sprint Handicap Results and Payouts for 4/16/22
|Count Fleet Sprint Handicap Results||Payoffs - Win Place Show|
|1||Jackie's Warrior- $3.00; $2.60; $2.10|
|2||Letsgetlucky - $6.60; $5.20|
|3||Chipofftheoldblock - $6.60|
Champion Jackie's Warrior Prevails in Count Fleet Sprint Handicap
(Edited Press Release)
On the day Oaklawn honored 16 members of the National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame, it was fitting that Hall of Famer and 11-time Oaklawn leading trainer Steve Asmussen earned his fourth victory in the $500,000 Count Fleet Sprint Handicap (G3) with champion sprinter Jackie’s Warrior on April 16.
Ridden by Joel Rosario, Jackie’s Warrior took the lead from the start and never looked back, setting fractions of :21.61 and :44. 51 for the first half mile, while under slight pressure from Empire of Gold. The champion opened up a comfortable lead entering the stretch and had plenty left to hold off the fast-closing Letsgetlucky by three-quarters of length in a final time of 1:09 for six furlongs over a sloppy track.
“I was thinking to Mitole’s day (2019) when he won the Count Fleet. What a monsoon that was and he came out of it great. Hoping and expecting the same with this horse,” Asmussen said. “Joel (Rosario) let’s him do what he wants to do, but he’s responded to Joel. I think that he needed the race and that is apparent. But what a great starting point for a champion.”
Chipofftheoldblock was third, while 8-5 second choice, Bob’s Edge, winner of two stakes this meet, was fourth.
Jackie’s Warrior, who was making his first start since the Breeders’ Cup Sprint (G1) last fall, improved his record to 9-1-1 in 13 starts and has now earned $1,853,964 for owners J. Kirk and Judy Robison. He returned $3, $2.60 and $2.10 as the 1-2 favorite.
“A very fast horse like Jackie, he just came out of there and got away from everybody,” Rosario said. “He enjoyed what he was doing out there and was able to keep going. He has run on the slop before and won. He can run on anything. He’s a very nice horse.”
Jackie’s Warrior is scheduled to ship Monday morning to Churchill Downs and target the $750,000 Churchill Downs Stakes (G1) May 7, according to Asmussen.