Jimmy Jerkens walks down his low-roofed shedrow on the Oklahoma side and gives a history lesson on his barn.
"My father was in this barn in 1955," Jerkens said. "He would always pull up and say, 'Yeah, Admiral Vee was in this stall, I had these stalls...' Laz Barrera was in this barn when he had Affirmed."
With 24 horses at Saratoga and 12 at Belmont Park, Jerkens is in the midst of another productive season. Son of Hall of Fame trainer Allen Jerkens, Jimmy ran his Travers 1-2 V. E. Day and Wicked Strong in Saturday's Whitney Invitational. Jerkens walked his shedrow with The Special's Sean Clancy.
John's Island: "He was second in the John Morrissey, he comes from out of the clouds, he's been an honest horse."
Unified: "Two-year-old of Centennial's by Candy Ride. Hopefully, he'll run before we go home. He's been a little slow to learn about the gate or he'd be further along."
Manipulated:"He won his first start in a New York-bred stake before we came up here, we'll aim at the New York-bred stake (Funny Cide) going 6 ½ at the end of the meet."
Securitiz: "He's by Tiznow out of an A.P. Indy mare, he had a very wide trip (in a July 31 maiden special weight). He would have been second, but we were pretty happy."
Wicked Strong (fourth in the Whitney): "We've got the cone in front of him, because he'll stand in the back and come charging, he got my step-son one day. He's in a good frame of mind up here, he goes out and rolls in the sand every afternoon, graze him until he gets impossible and then we bring him in."
Effinex: "I'm hoping to run him in the Woodward. He hit his pasterns real bad in the Suburban, they kind of got infected. We worked on him with the laser and he's doing good now. He's been great, unbelievable. The only time he was off the board was when he bolted, why he bolted, we still don't know."
Ordinaire: "He ran decent first time out in the mud (July 30). He's a New York-bred, by Sidney's Candy. I like him. I like him a lot. He ran good, he got beat pretty good but he was down inside and kept running."
Prospector's Moon: "She's run twice (including a fifth Wednesday). She probably wants to go further but I wanted to sprint her one more time before stretching her out."
V. E. Day (fifth in the Whitney): "He'll run in the Whitney, too. He's doing good, he goes out and rolls in the afternoon, too."
Summer Reading:"She's a Hard Spun filly of Jerry Shields. She acts like she can really run. She's out of a Speightstown mare, she's got more Speightstown than Hard Spun."
Team Colors:"He's out of Teammate, he finished third (in Aug. 1 allowance), first time in this country the other day. He ran well, hung a little.'
Jay Gatsby:"This horse hasn't run here yet, he's a half-brother to War Front, by Giant's Causeway. He's a little guy but his record (in France, 1-for-5 with two seconds and a third) is pretty good. Hopefully he'll run here."
Adulator: "He's a 2-year-old by Flatter. He acts like he's got some talent but he's still quite a ways from running."
Truth: "She's by Arch, I had the mother, Triune. She ran up here, this is her first foal. She acts like she's OK.
House Rules: "She had a rough time the other day, she didn't get the best of breaks. She's been great all year. She ran terrific in Florida, won the Top Flight, ran so-so in the race after that and probably ran one of her best races in the Grade 1 on Belmont Day."
Star Grazing: "She won the Fleet Indian last year and was third in an open two other than going a mile and an eighth. I thought she ran well. I'll run her in the Saratoga Dew."
Swing Hard: "He's another 2-year-old of Centennial's. He's getting pretty close. He's very big for a 2-year-old but he's not clumsy, he's light on his feet."
Juba:"He's a two-other than, he runs on Saturday. Blew out fast on Tuesday, 35 and 1."
Front:"The only thing he's eligible for now are New York-bred stakes or open three-other-thans. He ran very well in an open three other than at Belmont. The other day (seventh in allowance-optional, July 29) he got in a big crowd coming down the stretch and fell out of it but he usually runs his race."
Preying Mantis: "She ran the same weekend as Manipulated, she finished fourth, ran pretty good, she wants to go further. I really like her. She's come around. I think she's OK."
Reign: "She broke her maiden for 40, first time running for a tag, just wasn't quite good enough for the maiden specials."
Spark: "She's a nice little filly of Peter Blum's. She broke her maiden in Florida first time out, then she won an a-other-than against a decent field at Belmont, then she ran at Pimlico, got hung out wide but came back and finished a good third to some good fillies in an overnight stake (Jersey Girl, June 5). Then she was third in a stake at Monmouth (Miss Woodford, July 19). She can get the lead with anybody but it just tells on her the last little bit. She's a sweetheart."
Unrivaled: "Team Valor just gave him to me. They've had a lot of trouble with him coming out of the gate. He's notorious for breaking slow but we'll try to figure it out."