No Duck for the Chief

Saratoga has not been kind to Allen Jerkens lately. In 2009, he went winless at the Spa; last year, his lone win came near the end of the meet, on the day before his son Jimmy won the Travers with Afleet Express. So it was with relief, joy, and more than a little nostalgia that…

Allen Jerkens’ Shuvee winners

Over the last couple of years, the Shuvee Handicap at Belmont has offered the occasion to consider the magnificent horse who, en route to winning handicap mare honors in 1970 and 1971, twice won the Jockey Club Gold Cup, back when it was a two-mile race.  In 2008, we could talk about Shuvee in the…

Superior Selection

She’s two years old, and she’s something of a bad girl. She’s a chestnut. Between them, her parents won 9 Grade or Group I races. She started life as Gossip Gal, but that was too close to Gozzip Girl, and so her name is Superior Selection. She’s named for her dam, Society Selection, and her…

Focusing on fillies

Last month, I wrote briefly about Sabellina, the New York-bred mare who was a favorite of mine; Matt Lyons, general manager of Woodford Thoroughbreds in Versailles, Kentucky, commented on the post to let us know that Sabellina was at his farm in Kentucky and that her first foal would go through the ring during this…