Terry's Notes: Age Just Means Experience
Greetings. We are almost to the middle of July. Del Mar and Saratoga are right around the corner. We should be active on both coasts during these premier meets - check out our "upcoming races" to take a look.
Was thinking about old-timers in our business the other day. Allen Jerkens, a celebrated New York trainer celebrated his 60th anniversary of training horses a few weeks ago. What an amazing guy. One funny story - when I first got in the partnership business - one morning at Saratoga I was asking someone about training horses and the different methods employed by people. The guy said to me - there a bunch of ways to train horses and everyone has different opinions but, if Allen Jerkens came out one day and galloped all of his horses on the pavement, the next morning most of the trainers on the backstretch would gallop everyone of their horses on the pavment". That says much about the respect Mr. Jerkens has on the backside. Read a nice article by Bill Finley on him (many people ask me if he's my brother - he's not - I'm better looking but he's a better writer)
Another old-timer in our midst is Awesome Gem, our seven year-old warhorse who has been so well managed on the West Coast by Jeff Bloom and Craig Dollase. Our friend from the Bloodhorse, Steve Haskin, has a nice story about our boy on his blog. I really enjoy reading the comments from racing fans across the country
Enjoy your week.
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