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James "Jimmy" Jerkens is a son of Hall of Fame trainer H. Allen "Chief" Jerkens. Jimmy went to work for his father upon graduating high school and eventually started his own stable in 1997.

Jerkens has trained several graded stakes winners, including Breeders' Cup Mile winner Artie Schiller, Breeders' Cup Dirt Mile winner Corinthian, Sir Greely and Dat You Miz Blue.

Jerkens will have Wicked Strong, a 3-year-old son of Hard Spun and the winner of the Wood Memorial (Grade I), in the 2014 Kentucky dDerby.

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