Bigger still was the fact that another of Jerkens' horses, Beau Purple, defeated all-time great Kelso three out of the four times the thoroughbreds faced off.
Jerkens began his career as a horse trainer in 1950 as a steeplechase jockey, and went on to become one of the greatest trainers in the history of the sport. He was voted the Eclipse Award for Outstanding Trainer in 1973 and, at age 45, went on to become the youngest trainer ever inducted into the National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame.
In recent years, Jerkens spent time training his horses at Gulfstream. His last victory as a trainer came at Gulfstream on March 6 in a furious down-to-the-wire finish where Jerkens' Easement bested Butterfly Strike, Uptown Joe and Carson City Brew by a nose.
In all, Jerkens' horses earned him $104 million throughout his career. Those thoroughbred champions included 13-time stakes winner Sky Beauty, Caress, Classy Mirage, Devil His Due, Kelly Kip, November Snow, Society Selection and Wagon Limit.
Jerkens had been hospitalized with an infection back on February 28. He succumbed to his illness on Wednesday in Aventura. He is survived his sons, Allen, Steven, and Jimmy; a daughter, Julie; and several grandchildren. Jerkens' wife, Elisabeth, passed away last year.
Gulfstream will be holding a memorial for Jerkens on March 24 at the Sport of Kings Theater.