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Allen Jerkens, of New York, was introduced to horse racing by his father who liked to patch up broken-down horses. Jerkens became a trainer in 1950, and is likely most notable for providing this sport its most high-profile upsets - including two defeats to Secretariat in late 1973. That same year, Jerkens received an Eclipse Award as outstanding North American trainer, and in 1975, he became the youngest trainer to be inducted into Racing's Hall of Fame, at the age of 45.
Joseph V. Shields, Jr.
Joseph Shields resides in Brookville, New York and is the chairman and CEO of Shields & Company, a member firm of the New York Stock Exchange. Shields became invested in horse racing following his days as a polo player at Meadowbrook on Long Island, New York, when he decided to breed and own racehorses. Shields serves on the board of several racing organizations such as the New York Racing Association and the National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame, and is a founding member of the National Thoroughbred Association.
House Rules is a daughter of multiple Grade 2-winning leading sire Distorted Humor.
Distorted Humor’s top offspring is champion three-year-old colt and multi-millionaire Funny Cide, who captured the 2003 editions of the Kentucky Derby and Preakness.
The stallion’s other progeny also includes 2010 Belmont Stakes and 2011 BC Classic upsetter Drosselmeyer as well as Grade 1 scorers Flower Alley, Commentator, Boisterous and Any Given Saturday.
House Rules is out of the Mutakddim mare Teamgeist, who was a two-time Group 2 winner in her native Argentina before shipping stateside to place in the Spinster.
House Rules’ female family is full of Argentinean black-type, including Group 1 scorers Baroness, El Baron, El Azor and Bab Dancer.
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