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 in Florida offering an opportunity for the Chief to stay south, to eschew the rigors of packing up a house and a barn and moving a thousand miles north, first to Belmont Park, then further north to Saratoga.

“It’s a little harder to get around,” Jerkens admitted by phone from Gulfstream. “But there’s something so special about Saratoga. I miss being there.” 


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