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Jerkens Could Play Favorite Role in Honorable Miss

H. Allen Jerkens has been involved the racing industry over five decades. During that time, one of the titles Jerkens has earned is "The Giant Killer" for being able to upset some of the greatest horses in Thoroughbred history, some of them occurring at Saratoga Race Course. But on Friday he is starting one of the favorites in the Honorable Miss Stakes.

Favored Shine Again Tops Vagrancy Cast

Shine Again, who has grinded her way to earnings of more than $1 million in 29 starts, gets some respect Sunday as the favorite in Belmont Park's $150,000 Vagrancy Handicap (gr. II). The Vagrancy tops a card that includes a pair of New York Stallion series stakes.

Acorn: Six to Take On Storm Flag Flying

Storm Flag Flying, last year's Eclipse Award-winning 2-year-old filly, will likely face six challengers next Friday in the Acorn Stakes (gr. I) at Belmont Park, according to New York Racing Association racing secretary Mike Lakow.

Garnered Takes Jaipur After Race Switched to Main Track

Eight horses were entered to run in the $112,100 Jaipur Handicap, originally carded as a grade III, seven-furlong turf sprint on Belmont Park's Memorial Day undercard, with four others entered for the main track only. The only one left from the main body of the race was eventual winner Garnered.

Fog-Cutting Shine Again Takes Genuine Risk

Bohemia Stable's Shine Again and jockey Jean-Luc Samyn bolted past heavy favorite Carson Hollow near the eighth pole and drew off to win Sunday's $145,000 Geniune Risk Handicap (gr. II) for fillies and mares at fog-shrouded Belmont Park.

Surprise House Party Wins Nassau County

Joseph V. Shields Jr.'s homebred House Party and jockey Jose Santos waited patiently for an opportunity in mid-stretch and squeezed through an opening to surprise 3-5 favorite Cyber Secret in the $200,000 Nassau County Breeders' Cup Handicap (gr. II) for 3-year-old fillies at Belmont Park Saturday.

House Party Has Something to Celebrate

Joseph V. Shields Jr.'s homebred House Party angled out in the stretch and circled her four rivals at the sixteenth pole, drawing off to a 1 1/2-length victory over favored Chimichurri in the $100,000 Old Hat Stakes for 3-year-old fillies at Gulfstream Park Sunday.

Jerkens Puts Two Longshots in Florida Stakes

Hall of Famer H. Allen Jerkens pulled off an upset with First Blush in the Spectacular Bid Stakes (gr. III) on opening day (Jan. 3) at Gulfstream Park and will try to pull off a couple more surprises when he saddles horses in two stakes races this weekend at the South Florida racetrack.

Sprinter Shine Again Stretches Out in Ruffian Handicap

Hall of Fame trainer Allen Jerkens will flip-flop his two top fillies in this Saturday's two filly and mare stakes at Belmont Park. Jerkens will send the grade I-winning sprinter Shine Again in the 1 1/16-mile Ruffian Handicap and her younger half-sister Shiny Band, winner of the one-mile Shuvee Handicap, in the six-furlong Floral Park Handicap.

Shine Again to Ruffian and Shiny Band to Floral Park

Trainer Allen Jerkens is planning an all-out weekend attack on Belmont Park when he sends out half-siblings Shine Again and Shiny Band, as well as Puzzlement, in separate stakes events. Shine Again is pointed toward Saturday's $300,000 Ruffian Handicap (gr. I) and Shiny Band will contest Sunday's $100,000 Floral Park Handicap (gr. III). Puzzlement will start in Saturday's $150,000 Jerome Handicap (gr. II).

Shine Again Shines Again in Ballerina

For the second straight year, Bohemia Stable's Shine Again captured the $250,000 Ballerina Handicap (gr. I) for fillies and mares with a narrow half-length victory over favored Raging Fever at Saratoga Sunday.

Put It Back Retired

Hobeau Farm's grade II winner Put It Back, undefeated in five starts at 3 this year, has been retired due to an injury and will enter stud at Arthur I. Appleton's Bridlewood Farm in Ocala, Fla.

Jerkens, Smith, West Win NTWA Awards

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Hall of Fame trainer Allen Jerkens, longtime New York Racing Association press office employee Shirley Day Smith, and Dallas Morning News columnist Gary West have been named 2001 award winners by the National Turf Writers Association.

He's Back: Jerkens Saddles First Winner Since Return

Allen Jerkens saddled his first winner since a life-threatening illness when first-time starter Shooting Party captured a maiden special weight at Gulfstream on Sunday. "You always need reassurance in this business," said the 72-year-old Hall Of Fame trainer, "No matter how many times you've won, every day you've got to prove your wings."

Hall of Famer Jerkens Out of Hospital, Visits Barn

Hall of Fame trainer H. Allen Jerkens was released from the hospital on Friday and made his first appearance at his barn at Gulfstream on Saturday morning. Driven to the racetrack by his wife Elisabeth, Jerkens didn't get out of the car but did talk to his employees. Jerkens had been hospitalized since Dec. 23 when, complaining of severe stomach pains, he was rushed into the hospital and diagnosed with acute pancreatitis.

Hospitalized Jerkens Gets First Gulfstream Victory

With family patriarch Allen Jerkens still in the intensive care unit across the street at Aventura Hospital, wife Elisabeth and son James saddled the Hall of Famer's first 2001 Gulfstream starter to a victory in the sixth race on Sunday Jan 7. Ridden by Julio Espinoza, Fiddle paid $48. "He'll be shaking his fist when he hears about this one," joked Elisabeth Jerkens, "He wanted to come here very much today."

Jerkens' Condition Stabilizes; Remains Hospitalized

The new year brought little change to the condition of Hall of Fame trainer Allen Jerkens who remains in Aventura Hospital recovering from severe pancreatitis. "His condition has been stable for a couple of days now," said his wife Elisabeth, "He's gradually getting better, but it will take a long time for him to be 100%." Mrs. Jerkens reports that artificial respiration for the 71-year-old has been reduced to 50% as his lungs show improvement, and that the medical staff is hopeful that Jerkens can be discharged from Intensive Care within seven to ten days.

Jerkens Update: 'Over the Worst Of It'

Although Hall of Fame trainer Allen Jerkens remains hospitalized at Aventura Hospital, adjacent to Gulfstream Park, his wife Elisabeth reports that he is gradually improving from a severe pancreatic infection. "We're certainly over the worst of it, although he will remain in intensive care for at least another week and then be out of action for a while afterwards. The pancreas infection damaged all the vital organs, and his lungs especially will take quite a while to heal."

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