H. Allen Jerkens

Birth Date: Monday, April 21, 1930
Birth Place: Islip, N.Y.

2012-13 Gulfstream Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd Earnings
46 4 4 4 $171,830
Career: Known as “The Chief” and “The Giant Killer,” Jerkens has been a regular in the Gulfstream barn area for seven decades. 
 
He saddled Go Unbridled for a victory in the Saratoga Dew Stakes at Saratoga for the second year in a row last summer.
 
He enjoyed Grade 1 success at the 2012 Saratoga meeting in the Prioress with Emma’s Encore, a two-time winner at the 2011-12 Gulfstream Park meeting.
 
Jerkens swept two Gulfstream stakes in one day in 2007 with Swap Fliparoo taking the Sabin Handicap and Any Limit scoring the Hurricane Bertie Handicap. It nearly matched the stakes hat-trick he turned on opening day in 2004, which included a score by Puzzlement in the Hal’s Hope Handicap. 
 
In 1975, at age 45, he became, at the time, the youngest trainer inducted into the Hall of Fame, two years after winning the Eclipse Award. 
 
He was a four-time leading trainer in New York (1957, 1962, 1966 and 1969) and was named Outstanding Trainer by the New York Turf Writers Association five times. 
 
He trained Sky Beauty to an Eclipse as top older filly or mare in 1994 and was voted United Thoroughbred Trainers of America’s Trainer of Year in 1992. 
 
He earned “The Giant Killer” moniker for his knack of beating heavy favorites in stakes races, from Beau Purple’s three upsets of Kelso in 1962 and 1963, to beating Secretariat twice in 1973, once with Onion in the Whitney, once with Prove Out in the Woodward. He has also sent out runners to defeat Hall of Famers Buckpasser, Riva Ridge, Cicada and Skip Away.   
 
Other: He was introduced to racing through his father, who owned a riding academy on Long Island. …He saddled his first winner, Populace, at Aqueduct on July 4, 1950. Other standouts trained by Jerkens include Handsome Boy, Sensitive Prince, Kelly Kip, Classy Mirage, Banker’s Gold and Aptostar ... “H” stands for the seldom-used “Harry.”