03/17/2015 12:10PM

Jerkens encouraged by Wicked Strong’s return

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HALLANDALE BEACH, Fla. – Trainer Jimmy Jerkens said he was quite pleased with Wicked Strong’s 2015 debut, a fourth-place finish in the one-mile Gulfstream Park Handicap. Wicked Strong earned a career-best 104 Beyer Speed Figure while beaten just a length by the winner, Honor Code. Wicked Strong was making his first start since clipping heels and losing his rider, Rajiv Maragh, more than five months earlier in the Grade 1 Jockey Club Gold Cup.

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