03/16/2011 5:31PM

Gulfstream: Jerkens has high hopes for Society Selection's little sister


Trainer Allen Jerkens sent out Precious Soul to an impressive debut win here at Gulfstream Park last Sunday and is hopeful the 3-year-old daughter of Distorted Humor could turn out to be stakes caliber, just like her older sister Society Selection.

Precious Soul, owned by Marge and Irving Cowan, disputed all the pace before edging away to a 2 1/4-length victory in the faster division of a split maiden special weight sprint for 3-year-old fillies, earning a modest 73 Beyer Speed Figure. Society Selection, whom Jerkens trained for the Cowans, was a three-time Grade 1 winner before completing her career finishing second in the 2005 Breeders’ Cup Distaff. She retired with earnings of nearly $2  million.

“She has only been here a little over a month but she came to me pretty fit,” Jerkens said of Precious Soul. “I thought she’d run well right off the bat, but when you’re not going good, you don’t get confident like you would when really rolling along.”

Jerkens said he’s not sure what would be next for Precious Soul.

“I’ll let her get over this race first,” said Jerkens. “You hate to get too overconfident off just one start but I’d like to hope she’ll turn out to be a stakes horse.”

Jerkens, who has 15 horses bedded down locally, has won three races during the meet.