Jerry, a rare black colt, was foaled in 1821 by Smolensko out of Louisa. He was owned by Mr R.O. Gascoigne and trained by James Crost at his Glasgow House stables in Middleham. Mounted on Jerry is Ben Smith who the rode the colt to win the 1824 St. Ledger, J erry was Smith's sixth and final winner at St. Ledger. The 1824 St. Ledger was run on Monday, 20 September, and had a field of 23 runners. Jerry, the favourite, was to be ridden by Harry Edwards, however, a crooked owner, Robert Ridsdale had bribed this jockey to lose the race, and he and his friends had laid substantial bets against the horse. The plot was discovered and on the day, Edwards was replaced by Smith. Unadle to hedge their bets, Ridsdale and his friends lost heavily when Jerry won.
Jerry also won the York St. Ledger in the same year. Jerry's sire, Smolensko, won the Two Thousand Guineas and Derby in 1813 and also sired Gulnare, the winner of the 1827 Oaks.