H. Allen Jerkens Memorial Stakes

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H. Allen Jerkens Memorial Stakes
Grade I race
Runhappy winning the 2015 King's Bishop
Location Saratoga Race Course
Saratoga Springs, New York, United States
Inaugurated 1984
Race type Thoroughbred - Flat racing
Website www.nyra.com
Race information
Distance 7 furlongs
Surface Dirt
Track left-handed
Qualification Three-year-olds
Weight Assigned
Purse $500,000 (since 2012)[1]

The H. Allen Jerkens Memorial Stakes is a Thoroughbred horse race run annually at the Saratoga Race Course in Saratoga Springs, New York. The race is open to three-year-olds willing to sprint seven furlongs on dirt. First run in 1984 as a Listed stakes race, since 1999 the race has been a Grade I event, and since 2012 has carried a purse of $500,000. It is the biggest sprint race of the year for three-year-olds only.

From its inception in 1984 until 2016, the H. Allen Jerkens Memorial was known as the King's Bishop Stakes, named for the horse originally owned by Houston Astros founding president Craig F. Cullinan Jr.

In 2017 the New York Racing Association renamed the race for the late Hall of Fame trainer H. Allen Jerkens, who himself trained King's Bishop to wins in the 1973 Carter Handicap and Fall Highweight Handicap for Allaire du Pont.[2] Over a career spanning seven decades, Jerkens' horses have upset racing champions - such as Onion's victory over Secretariat in the 1973 Whitney Handicap - earning him the nickname "the Giant Killer".[2]


Speed record:

  • 1:20.54 - Runhappy (2015)

Most wins by a jockey:

Most wins by a trainer:

Most wins by an owner:


Year Winner Jockey Trainer Owner Time
2017 Practical Joke Joel Rosario Chad C. Brown Klaravich Stables, Inc. and Lawrence, William H. 1:21.96
2016 Drefong Mike E. Smith Bob Baffert Charles Chu 1:21.25
2015 Runhappy Edgar S. Prado Maria Borell James McIngvale 1:20.54
2014 The Big Beast Javier Castellano Anthony W. Dutrow Alex & JoAnn Lieblong 1:22.35
2013 Capo Bastone Irad Ortiz Jr Todd Pletcher Eclipse Thoroughbred Ptns. 1:22.22
2012 Willy Beamin Alan Garcia Richard E. Dutrow Jr. James A. Riccio 1:22.02
2011 Caleb's Posse Rajiv Maragh Donnie Von Hemel McNeil Stables/Cheyenne Stables 1:21.59
2010 Discreetly Mine John Velazquez Todd Pletcher E. Paul Robsham Stables 1:23.16
2009 Capt. Candyman Can Javier Castellano Ian Wilkes Joseph Rauch, David Zell 1:22.35
2008 Visionaire Alan Garcia Michael R. Matz Team Valor/Vision Racing 1:21.94
2007 Hard Spun Mario Pino J. Larry Jones Fox Hill Farms 1:22.34
2006 Henny Hughes John Velazquez Kiaran McLaughlin Zabeel Racing 1:21.96
2005 Lost in the Fog Russell Baze Greg Gilchrist Harry J. Aleo 1:22.56
2004 Pomeroy Edgar Prado Patrick Biancone M. Tabor/D. Smith 1:20.99
2003 Valid Video Joe Bravo Dennis Manning Mack Fehsenfeld 1:22.14
2002 Gygistar John Velazquez Mark Hennig Edward P. Evans 1:22.85
2001 Squirtle Squirt Jerry Bailey Robert J. Frankel David J. Lanzman 1:21.97
2000 More Than Ready Pat Day Todd Pletcher James T. Scatuorchio 1:22.49
1999 Forestry Chris Antley Bob Baffert Aaron & Marie Jones 1:21.00
1998 Secret Firm Edgar Prado H. Graham Motion Mea Culpa Stables 1:22.78
1997 Tale of the Cat Julie Krone John H. Forbes Phantom House Farm 1:21.71
1996 Honour and Glory Jose Santos D. Wayne Lukas Michael Tabor 1:21.78
1995 Top Account Pat Day Neil J. Howard William S. Farish III 1:22.50
1994 Chimes Band Jerry Bailey D. Wayne Lukas Fares Farm 1:21.80
1993 Mi Cielo Mike E. Smith Peter M. Vestal Tom M. Carey 1:21.60
1992 Salt Lake Mike E. Smith D. Wayne Lukas William T. Young 1:21.40
1991 Take Me Out Mike E. Smith William I. Mott Bertram R. Firestone 1:21.60
1990 Housebuster Craig Perret Jimmy Croll Robert P. Levy 1:21.80
1989 Houston Pat Day D. Wayne Lukas Lloyd R. French Jr. 1:22.00
1988 King's Nest Chris McCarron Richard Dutrow, Sr. Sandra D. Bender 1:21.80
1987 Templar Hill Chris McCarron Paul Seefeldt Ervin Kowitz 1:23.00
1986 no race
1985 Pancho Villa Darrel McHargue D. Wayne Lukas Lloyd R. French Jr. 1:22.20
1984 Commemorate Frank Lovato Jr. Laz Barrera Windfields Farm 1:22.60


  1. ^ "King's Bishop Stakes Profile". www.equibase.com. Retrieved May 12, 2018. 
  2. ^ a b Pettinger, Heather (May 16, 2017). "Saratoga's Grade 1 King's Bishop renamed in honor of late Hall of Fame trainer H. Allen Jerkens". nyra.com. New York Racing Association. Retrieved May 12, 2018.