He’s known as the Chief. Sometimes, he’s called the Giant Killer (which he does not like, by the way). Otherwise, it’s just Mr. Jerkens. Whatever you call him, he is a Thoroughbred racing legend–2011 marks his sixtieth year training winners on the track.
I spent some time at the barn with Mr. Jerkens this summer, and he graciously agreed to be the first respondent to my version of the Proust Questionnaire, Racing Edition. It was easily one of the best afternoons I’ve ever spent at Saratoga. Click on the link above to read the Chief’s replies!