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Hall of Fame horse trainer Jerkens dies

ALLEN JERKENS, the Hall of Fame trainer who pulled off some of horse racing's biggest upsets and was affectionately known as "The Chief," has died. He was 85.

ALLEN JERKENS, the Hall of Fame trainer who pulled off some of horse racing's biggest upsets and was affectionately known as "The Chief," has died. He was 85.

Jerkens had been ill for several weeks, and had been admitted to a hospital in Aventura, Fla., earlier in the month. He died yesterday, according to his son, Jimmy Jerkens.

Horses from Allen Jerkens' barn twice pulled off memorable upsets of 1973 Triple Crown winner Secretariat, first with Onion in the '73 Whitney Handicap and then with Prove Out in the Woodward Stakes. In the 1960s, his Beau Purple upset five-time Horse of the Year Kelso three times, which led to Jerkens' other nickname, "The Giant Killer."

Among other horses he trained were 1994 champion older female Sky Beauty, Devil His Due, Missy's Mirage and Emma's Encore. He won more than 3,800 races who earned more than $100 million, and was still actively training before entering the hospital.


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