H. Allen Jerkens

It's 'Jack' on the Cutback in Jerkens

While he lost nothing in defeat when trying two turns for the first time in the GI Haskell Invitational S. the Jack Christopher (Munnings) everyone is accustom to was back at Saratoga, charging home a decisive winner of the GI H. Allen Jerkens Memorial S. Hammered down to 1-2 favoritism getting back around one turn, the flashy chestnut tracked Conagher (Jimmy Creed) from second through a :22.18 first quarter. Drawing alongside as the half went in :44.53, Jack Christopher skipped to the front when Jose Ortiz shook the reins at...

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Stallion-Making Potential For Improbable and Promises Fulfilled

When considering stallion potential, brilliance and precocity are rarely left out of the equation. But a unique find emerges when a headlining juvenile can carry out his talent as a sophomore and even as an older horse before beginning his stud career. Two of WinStar Farm's new recruits for 2021, Improbable (City Zip) and Promises Fulfilled (Shackleford), showed brilliance early on in their careers as flashy debut winners before each went on to become stakes winners at three and four. We spoke with WinStar's David Hanley on the pair of...

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Racetracker Sharon “Sam” Maloney Dies at 73

Sharon Ann Maloney, often known as "Sam" and a frequent presence on backsides for the past 50 years, passed away Thursday, Oct. 1, in Warrenton, Va., after a battle with cancer. She was 73. Maloney worked as a groom and exercise rider in her 20s, particularly for trainer Willard Proctor in California, before returning to her home state of Virginia to concentrate on breaking yearlings. Maloney spent summers in Saratoga, including decades working at the barn of H. Allen Jerkens. In her home state, she worked for trainer Barbara Graham...

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Strong Start to Saratoga Meeting for Clement

SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. - Though he is quick to dismiss any talk that he might win the trainer's title at Saratoga Race Course, veteran Christophe Clement acknowledges that most everything has gone very well for his stable in the first half of the season. Entering Wednesday's card, the midway point of the 40-day meet, Clement was second, two wins behind Todd Pletcher, in the competitive standings with 15 victories, matching his career-best at the Spa in 2015. He already has a personal-best six stakes wins. The Clement runners top the...

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