Jerkens sign at Saratoga

Saratoga Without The Chief

The sign isn’t hanging on barn 5 in Clare Court at Saratoga Race Course this summer; there’s no sign there at all, no one resident that’s claimed the spot that for so many years housed Allen Jerkens and his horses. The sign is at Gulfstream Park this summer for the first time, the summer meeting…

NPR’s Only A Game Visits Saratoga

The time to arrive at the race track in Saratoga, N.Y., is 7 a.m. Actual racing won’t commence until 1 in the afternoon, but at 7 you can enjoy a blueberry muffin, strawberries, and coffee beside the track as long-time commentator Mary Ryan describes the passing show…which is horses. After breakfast in the cool of…

Saratoga Memories

As Allen Jerkens made his way out of the winner’s circle on Monday afternoon, he was unable to go more than a few steps without being stopped by fans who wanted their picture taken with him. His eyes still red from the tears he couldn’t hold back as he was applauded by Saratoga’s crowd, standing…

Racing Figures Share Saratoga Memories

As Saratoga Race Course celebrates its 150th anniversary, racing figures look back on their favorite memories and share what the track and city mean to them. Julie Krone, Hall of Fame jockey Saratoga is not just a race meet, it’s such a mix of people really honoring summertime. You acknowledge that the days are long,…

Gyarmati Takes Academic Approach to Training

It’s been a long time since Leah Gyarmati gave up doctoral studies for a life at the racetrack, but she admits there are still some things she misses about academia. “I loved arguing,” she said this week from her home near Belmont Park. “I’m pretty opinionated.” Although she rarely engages in philosophical discussion these days,…

Emma’s Encore Comes Home

When Emma’s Encore walks onto the track at Keeneland this afternoon for the Grade II Thoroughbred Club of America, she will, in a sense, be coming home.  She was sold for $22,000 at the Keeneland September sale in 2010; she ran here as a two-year-old; and her owners both live in the Bluegrass. Their proximity…

Emma’s Encore and the Chief

In March at Gulfstream Park, Allen Jerkens introduced a new filly in his barn. “Emma,” he said. “Emma’s Encore.” She had arrived over the winter, winless after three starts and not terribly promising.  In her first start for Jerkens on February 2 in a maiden claiming race, she finished third by three lengths. She broke…

Allen Jerkens and Whitneys past

The Whitney was first run in 1928, won by W.R. Coe’s Black Maria. Tomorrow, it will be run for the 85th time. Williams Collins Whitney was president of the Saratoga Association at the turn of the last century and oversaw a major expansion and rejuvenation of Saratoga Race Course. His sons, Payne Whitney and Harry…

Emma’s Encore Wins One for the Chief

We’re not supposed to root in the press box. We’re not supposed to cheer in the winner’s circle. These are the rules, and they are good ones. Saturday was not necessarily a day that lent itself to cheering, one of those days in which the electrons seemed all out of order. Hot, hot, hot: Saturday…