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H. Allen Jerkens

H. Allen Jerkens
Occupation Trainer
Birthplace Islip, New York Flag of the United States
Birth date April 21, 1929
Career wins 3600+ (ongoing)
Major racing wins, honours & awards
Major racing wins
Toboggan Handicap (1957, 1963, 1969, 1970)
Brooklyn Handicap (1962, 1967, 1981, 1994)
Man o' War Stakes (1962)
Suburban Handicap (1962, 1993, 1994, 2007)
Beldame Stakes (1967)
Vagrancy Handicap (1968, 1969, 1989, 1994, 1995)
Manhattan Handicap (1969)
Spinster Stakes (1970)
Delaware Handicap (1971, 1972)
Metropolitan Handicap (1971)
Vosburgh Stakes (1971)
Cowdin Stakes (1972, 2003)
Diana Handicap (1972, 1974)
Carter Handicap (1973, 1994)
Jockey Club Gold Cup (1973, 1975, 1998)
Whitney Handicap (1973)
Woodward Stakes (1973)
Hempstead Handicap (1974, 1992, 1994)
Derby Trial Stakes (1975)
Comely Stakes (1976, 1994, 1997, 2004)
Alcibiades Stakes (1985)
Acorn Stakes (1988, 1993)
Alabama Stakes (1992, 1993, 1994)
Shuvee Handicap (1992, 1994, 2002, 2005, 2007)
Test Stakes (1992, 2004, 2006)
Wood Memorial Stakes (1992)
Coaching Club American Oaks (1993)
Mother Goose Stakes (1993)
Pimlico Special (1993)
Ruffian Handicap (1994)
Ballerina Stakes (1995, 2001, 2002)
Bold Ruler Handicap (1995, 1998, 1999)
Gazelle Stakes (1997)
Frank J. De Francis Memorial Dash Stakes (1998)
Frizette Stakes (2003)
Racing awards
Eclipse Award for Outstanding Trainer (1973)
National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame (1975)
Significant horses
Beau Purple, Devil His Due, Duck Dance
King's Bishop, Onion, Prove Out
Sensitive Prince, Sky Beauty

Harry Allen Jerkens (born April 21, 1929 in Islip, Long Island, New York) is an American Thoroughbred race horse Hall of Fame trainer.

Jerkens' father owned a riding academy on Long Island that led to his interest in horse racing and in 1950 he trained his first winner. Sometimes called the "Giant Killer", he is best known for his upsets, twice having horses that defeated Secretariat and three times his horses beat Kelso. In addition his horses have defeated other greats such as Buckpasser, Riva Ridge, and Forego.

In 1973, H. Allen Jerkens was voted the Eclipse Award for Outstanding Trainer and in 1975 he became the youngest trainer ever inducted into the National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame at the age of 45. Still active, he has trained more than 160 stakes winners including Duck Dance and Tunex.

His son Jimmy followed in his footsteps and is also a successful trainer.

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