|Net Worth||$5 million (Est.)|
|Born||April 21, 1929|
|Country of Origin||USA|
|Source of Wealth||Training horses|
March 18, 2015, was the day we lost one of the best horse trainers ever to enter the sport. Harry Allen Jerkens, aka H. Allen Jerkens, was sometimes known as ‘Giant Killer.‘
Jerkens, who was known for his habit of producing huge upsets, was a prominent figure. So, people were naturally curious about H. Allen Jerkens’ net worth. Keep reading!
Why H. Allen Jerkens is Such a Big Deal?
- H. Allen Jerkens won 3,859 races and gained the respect and love of his contemporaries and many generations of racing fans over a remarkable career from 1950 to 2015.
- At the time of his death, Jerkens was rated 11th all-time with close to four thousand victories and was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1975.
- Jerkens, often known as “The Chief,” earned the Eclipse Award for Outstanding Trainer in 1973.
- He was designated ‘Outstanding Trainer’ by the New York Turf Writers’ Association in 1957, 1962, 1973, 1992, and 1994.
- The National Turf Writers Association awarded him the Mr. Fitz Award in 2001, named for great trainer “Sunny Jim” Fitzsimmons and presented to the individual who ‘typifies the spirit of racing.’
H. Allen Jerkens’ Net Worth
As mentioned earlier, at the time of his death, Jerkens was rated 11th all-time with 3,859 victories and 14th in earnings with $103,754,915 in the Hall of Fame.
A breakdown of H. Allen Jerkens’ net worth from his last few years as a trainer is shown in the table below:
Table Source: Equibase
The Chief won 14 training titles in New York, four of them at Saratoga, where the New York Racing Association dedicated its annual training title after him in 2010. He won the most races on the New York circuit in 1957, 1962, 1966, and 1969.
Horse Training Runs in The Family Blood
The famed trainer H. Allen Jerkens’ wife, Elisabeth Jerkens, was a long-time thoroughbred owner and breeder. The couple had been together since 1987, but Elisabeth died on August 3, 2014, in South Florida, at the age of 86.
On March 18, seven months later, H. Allen Jerkins died at the ripe old age of 85. He was one of the most successful trainers, with a boatload of victories and other accomplishments.
Allen was a proud dad of four children; two of them, Steven Jerkens and Jimmy Jerkens, also followed in his footsteps.
Jimmy did what his father could not: he won a Breeders’ Cup race. Jimmy accomplished this feat twice, first with Artie Schiller in the 2005 Breeders’ Cup Mile and once with Corinthian in the 2007 Breeders’ Cup Dirt Mile.
H. Allen Jerkens’ other children are Allen Jerkens Jr. and Julie Schneider. At his funeral, all of his children were present and teary-eyed.
Also, prior to marrying Elisabeth, the late horse trainer was married to a woman named Ann, who passed away in 1986.
His Death Was A Huge Loss
The Giant Killer, contrary to his name, was an amicable, humble, and passionate individual. People around him have said that he probably had no idea what he meant to them. Yet, he was available to everyone.
The trainer was kind to everyone, whether it was a hotwalker, a fan, the press, or a jock’s agent. There is little likelihood that anyone else in racing will be as beloved as him.
The legend was just an absolutely great individual. Nobody can say anything negative about Allen, and that is nearly impossible to do on the racetrack.
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Some Interesting Facts About H. Allen Jerkens
- H. Allen Jerkens’ father was a captain in the Austrian cavalry.
- Jerkens initially wanted to be a jockey.
- Populace was his first triumph at Aqueduct on July 4, 1950.
- He was the youngest flat-racing trainer elected into the Racing Hall of Fame in 1975 at the age of 45. (Bill Mott broke this record three months later in 1998.)
- Between 1957 and 1969, he was the leading trainer in New York four times (1957, 1962, 1966, and 1969), and he won his fifth title 29 years later in 1998.