03/25/2015 5:50PM

Another Jacobson success story

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ROOM FOR ME is the latest in a long line of horses that immediately improved after being moved to the David Jacobson barn.

The 5-year-old mare was claimed for $12,500 by Southern California trainer Richard Baltas following a 10-length romp in a one-mile event at Santa Anita on February 12.

Room for Me then shipped to Jacobson's Aqueduct base of operations and absolutely demolished seven others in the $50,000 Videogenic Stakes going six furlongs over the inner track last Saturday.

The Videogenic was a restricted race for fillies and mares that had started for a claiming price of $12,500 or less in 2014 and 2015. After Room for Me drew off by 13 1/2 lengths with a career-best 106 Beyer Speed Figure, it's hard to imagine the 5-year-old mare racing for a tag in the near future.

Room for Me broke nicely under Cornelio Velasquez and settled in a three-wide stalking spot behind pacesetters SWEET SWAY and DONITA'S RULER. Velasquez pushed the button on the turn, Room for Me responded, and she bounded away despite drifting out slightly in the stretch.

Room for Me was foaled in Kentucky on March 3, 2010. Her sire, Harlington, a son of the great Serena's Song, won the Gulfstream Park Handicap at 1 3/16 miles with a 100 Beyer Speed Figure. Harlington won 60% of his ten starts while racing exclusively in dirt routes.

He sold for $90,000 at the 2014 Keeneland November sale and will stand the 2015 season in Saudi Arabia.

Room for Me's dam, Graziella (by Honour and Glory), grabbed the $75,000 Tellike Stakes traveling six furlongs at Evangeline Downs. This is the family of millionaire Sacahuista.

Room for Me sold for $1,200 as a Keeneland November weanling. She was a useful runner in California for trainers A C Avila and Simon Callaghan, winning both sprints and routes over dirt and polytrack.

There is no doubt that the Videogenic was a lifetime best, however. Room for Me is still eligible for an entry-level allowance race, but if the Beyer is to be believed, she could fit in a small stakes event. It will be interesting to see if Baltas recalls Room for Me to Southern California, or if she sticks with Jacobson in New York.

Perhaps Jacobson has another Salutos Amigos on his hands. Perhaps not. No matter how Room for Me turns out, racing fans will continue to marvel at Jacobson's "first after trainer switch" stats and speculate the reasons for the drastic improvement.

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Here are the top WINNING Beyer Speed Figures from 3/17/15 - 3/23/15:

1. ROOM FOR ME - 106 - Videogenic Stakes - 6 Furlongs (Inner Dirt) - 21Mar15-2AQU
2. TURCO BRAVO (CHI) - 105 - Stymie Stakes - 1 1/8 Miles (Inner Dirt) - 22Mar15-3AQU
3. ASHLEYLUVSSUGAR - 102 - San Luis Rey (G2) - 1 1/2 Miles (Turf) - 21Mar15-8SA
4. RENO REBEL - 99 - Clm c-(50-45) - About 6 1/2 Furlongs (Turf) - 20Mar15-2SA
5. SHEER DRAMA - 99 - Royal Delta Stakes (G2) - 1 1/16 Miles - 21Mar15-10GP
5. STORMIN MONARCHO - 99 - Mr. Sinatra Stakes - 1 1/16 Miles - 21Mar15-3AQU
7. N. F.'S DESTINY - 98 - Kelly Kip Stakes - 6 Furlongs (Inner Dirt) - 21Mar15-5AQU
7. OLIVER'S TALE - 98 - OC 62k/N2X -N - About 6 1/2 Furlongs (Turf) - 20Mar15-7SA
7. ONE MORE NIGHT - 98 - OC 40k/N2X -N - 6 Furlongs - 21Mar15-6FG
7. PIQUANT - 98 - Peeping Tom Stakes - 6 Furlongs (Inner Dirt) - 21Mar15-7AQU
11. FIRING LINE - 97 - Sunland Derby (G3) - 1 1/8 Miles - 22Mar15-11SUN
11. ONE LUCKY DANE - 97 - OC 80k/N1X -N - 1 Mile - 19Mar15-2SA
11. RISE UP - 97 - OC 62k/N3X -N - 6 Furlongs - 20Mar15-2FG
14. DEN'S LEGACY - 96 -  Alw 67000N3L - 1 Mile - 18Mar15-8OP
14. PAGE MCKENNEY - 96 - Harrison E. Johnson Memorial Stakes - 1 1/8 Miles - 21Mar15-8LRL
16. CANDY WALTZ - 94 - OC c-25k/N1X - 1 1/16 Miles - 22Mar15-4SUN
16. DAYS RIDE - 94 - Stud Muffin Stakes - 1 1/16 Miles (Inner Dirt) - 21Mar15-8AQU
16. HOLY BOSS - 94 - OC 62k/N1X -N - 6 Furlongs - 19Mar15-8OP
16. SILVER MENACE - 94 - OC25k/SAL25k - 6 Furlongs - 18Mar15-8GP
20. BIRDLOVER (GB) - 92 - OC 80k/C -N - 1 Mile (Turf) - 22Mar15-8SA
20. DUBAI SKY - 92 - Spiral Stakes (G3) - 1 1/8 Miles (Polytrack) - 21Mar15-11TP
20. GARDEN PRINCESS - 92 - Md Sp Wt 40k - 1 Mile - 17Mar15-6GP
20. HAMMERS TERROR - 92 - Clm c-(50-40) - About 7 1/2 Furlongs (Turf) - 19Mar15-7GP
20. JOANN'S WILDCAT - 92 - OC 62k/N2X - 6 Furlongs - 19Mar15-9GP
20. SHERIFA - 92 - OC 40k/N2X -N - 1 Mile 70 Yards (Inner Dirt) - 19Mar15-7AQU
20. TAKE TIME TO PRAY - 92 - Clm 30000(30-25)B - 6 Furlongs - 21Mar15-3GP
20. TALLAHATCHIE LUKE - 92 - OC 35k/C -N - 6 Furlongs - 19Mar15-8FG

*The lifetime past performances for ROOM FOR ME are available at the bottom of this blog post.

*RENO REBEL was claimed for $50,000 by trainer Bill Spawr from Peter Miller.

*CANDY WALTZ was claimed for $25,000 by trainer Greg Green from Justin Evans.

*HAMMERS TERROR was claimed $50,000 by trainer Michael Maker from Patrick Reynolds.

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I got mail!

Hi Dan, love the Blog! I've been reading for several years.  Would you be able to please post the past performances of Lucky Notion and Lenape Rim?
Thanks!
John

Thanks for the kind words. Those past performances are available at the bottom of this blog post.

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Dan,
From the previous thread re SALUTOS AMIGOS, you posed yourself the query "Whether he's good enough to win, sans Lasix, is another story entirely.
Not looking for a betting tip (though please feel free to provide one), but just how do YOU go about addressing the "sans Lasix" element of the puzzle? Is it not almost guesswork or do you have a more fact based methodology?
Best Regards - Bernard Downes

It's mostly guesswork. We've seen plenty of American horses ship to Dubai and win big races without Lasix. In the case of SALUTOS AMIGOS, and the other American hopefuls, I am a bit leery about backing them at short prices considering they are off their normal medication routine. At light odds, the reward doesn't seem worth the risk. It's not a gigantic issue that would preclude me from backing them if they are major contenders, but it's something that factors in the back of my mind.

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For those of you beginning to come down with a dose of Kentucky Derby fever, I've posted the lifetime past performances of the last 22 winners. Let me know if you find any interesting patterns.

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Annie and SR Vegas have compiled an updated version of "The 2015 MKB Book of Kentucky Derby Prospects." I have attached it to the bottom of this blog post. Enjoy!

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Congrats to Sherri Craft for finishing first in the most recent HandiGambling tournament.


Let's go with Saturday's Florida Derby from Gulfstream for this week's HandiGambling event.


Rick M's scoresheet is available at the bottom of this blog post.


PAST PERFORMANCES ARE AVAILABLE AT THE BOTTOM OF THIS BLOG POST.


SR Vegas and Rick M. have graciously decided to streamline all of the HG rules in order to make them an easier read for everyone...

With so many new people attending Dan's Formblog we thought it would be a good time to update the Handigambling Guidelines and Rules as we go forward in 2014.

Let's remember WHY we began the HandiGambling races in the first place. The goal was to share ideas on why we like these horses and why we're betting them the way we are. We are not asking for a novel but if you could spare a sentence or two outlining your handicapping angles and thought processes about wagering, it would be appreciated.

HANDIGAMBLING:

-  Please start your post with  HG or HANDIGAMBLING to better recognize and find your entry.

-  You have a mythical $100 to wager in whatever format you choose and that is available for that HG race.
Anyone going over the $100 limit will be disqualified.

- Post your WAGER and ANALYSIS to the blog WITH YOUR NAME/OR MONIKER AT THE END OF THE POST.  Remember that posts may start as 'anonymous' or an 'alternate name'. You MUST sign yourself at the end (even if it is the same) This enables the scorekeeper to recognize you .

- (1) ONE ENTRY per person for the Handigambling contest. If you have multiple email addresses, use just ONE for contest purposes.  Multiple entries will be cause for disqualification.

- Separate your analysis from the wager and use the horses # in your wager. Just like you would do in a real wager. No horse names.

-In the event of a tie, the earliest post gets first preference. Dan reserves the right to approve or deny any entries.

- The winner will receive a "60-Card Quarterly Formulator Past Performance Plan"

As an example :

HG 2014
The speed in this race goes to  horses # 1, 4 ,6 ..Ennie , Meenie, and Mo
Since it's a sprint I don't see any closers catching them.. like # 9 Miney.
I think trainer Groucho with the #6 Mo has the best stats in this condition, route to sprint.. just a gut feeling at large odds ML 20-1

HG wager
50$ Ex box 1-6
total $100

Thanks Dan!

Harpo
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A MORE DETAILED ANALYSIS IS ALWAYS APPRECIATED !
 
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