03/25/2015 5:50PM

Another Jacobson success story


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.


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.


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


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.


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.


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!


You can follow me on Twitter @DRF_DanIllman.

Remember to tune in to DRF LIVE's streaming coverage Wednesday thru Friday beginning at 12:30 pm ET, and on Saturday afternoon starting at 2 pm ET  I'll be with Matt Bernier recapping, previewing, handicapping and, hopefully, winning.


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.


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.


-  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!




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Turnbackthealarm More than 1 year ago
As for the jockeys and their brains and lack thereof, many do not speak or read English as their native language making it doubly difficult to read the Daily Racing Form or Brisnet and are often illiterate in their native language to boot. As long as scale weights stay as low as they are today, there is going to be a smaller and smaller gene pool to draw from when it comes to providing jockeys. I often write letters to racing jurisdictions asking for higher weights, both to preserve the health of the jockey and to help widen the pool of talent to draw from. Victor is probably not the sharpest tool in the box, but it does astonish me that he makes the same mistakes over and over without correcting them and that he hasn't lost his job. There are so few Thoroughbreds that have won two jewels of the Triple Crown that continue to race on as four year olds that are available to ride. You would think he would protect his position as hard as he could and either watch a ton of video or take reading lessons. Calvin Borel had the guts after his Derby win to discuss that he couldn't read, the humility to announce his desire to study and the perseverance to accomplish his goal. All in all, it's hard to be a jockey. As for the Common Core, it's been my experience that a lot of college graduates can't pass it. As I've gone back to work, I am becoming more familiar with it and there are a great many Americans who have their heads in the sand as to the excellence of their children's education and they will be shocked when large swaths of the student population fail the test. It has not been helpful that teachers who are charged with teaching it did not receive proper training to TEACH the Common Core before the requirements that students learn it were implemented. In case you were wondering why I am not optimistic, watch this brief 3 minute clip. It would be funny if it wasn't so sad. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yRZZpk_9k8E Just my two cents.
Whackymacky More than 1 year ago
Horse to watch today... GP Race #6 #9 Escondido 8-1 M/L Jockey hot / good numbers/ watch the board on this 3 yr old Good Luck Whackymacky out!!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
P.S. It's free on the classic home page, not on that other one. Annie
Whackymacky More than 1 year ago
Greetings all... Be on the lookout for Juba in New York this weekend.....He is going to run on Saturday if the weather is GOOD!!!! If it is WET and SLOPPY, NO JUBA.......The inner circle has spoken..... Cali Chrome is a very nice horse!!!! Look at what this guy has done...fantastic I say.... I just wonder if they are stretching him a bit too much...the travel, the time difference, the surface changes, the greatest show on earth with the owners.... Lots of questions...I just wonder who will be waiting for him at Royal Ascot??? It certainly will not be chopped liver....I know that the $$$ will be great for just showing up, but I always thought that this game came down to the well being of the animals... Is this the best for the horse? IDK...Maybe somebody can chime in...Dan, what do you think? How many miles will this horse travel from Cali to Cali??? Wise Dan...Really....That horse ROCKS!!!!!!!! I have Wisky in my pool!!!! Beat KY!!!! I will knock out everyone except one person who has Duke.... Happy Easter To All....... Whackymacky Out!!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Loved Jay Hovdey's (FREE) article! He's very good at providing humorous bits in amongst some solid opinons. Annie
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
OK, official entries for SA Derby: JIM L'S Dortmund SPARTAN TOM'S Prospect Park TYREN M'S Bolo JOE L'S One Lucky Dane LAURA'S Cross The Line Good luck to all!!! Annie
Professor Molesap More than 1 year ago
DavidM9999 Japan Update I just downloaded the PP – he is now under the care of Bill Mott, not Hushion. Interesting that the works are slower than last time as well. He landed in fairly tough race. Wisecracker, who has finished second to very good horses both times in his career is signed on for McLaughlin and will take lots of money. Stateline looks OK and lost to Comfort after setting the pace at FG, then he came back and ran a decent third, so I am interested to see how well Comfort runs back today. Our Commodore improved immensely second time out for Pletcher and ran well enough. A few others have run a couple of times and are coming around it seems. Not sure how I feel about the race as Hushion is nails second time out – about 35% depending on the time period you look at and while I have great respect for Mott, I am not sure how much Japan will jump up. He was off slow and ran evenly in a 6.5f race and is now stretching out – that is always a good sign. I think on paper with my projected improvement he is as fast as anyone in the race except maybe for Wisecracker, but that will likely be my play on Saturday. Japan ATB with an exacta box with Wisecracker. I am just not as excited with Mott. I am on Spring Break, so I looked at a few races too. Here are my thoughts - note the Hushion second time starter in AQU 9. GP 6. High Noon Rider (12/1) is a high price here, but should by 3/1 – might very well be there at post. The problem is was essentially pulled up in the Holy Bull, then came back and was 4/1 in the Islamorada that Materiality won before winning the Fla Derby. Was another subpar performance, but unless something went seriously wrong, this one has a shot off of some of the races from earlier. Forced to Pass also looks good and has been sharp in both his starts and is certainly the horse to beat as I do not believe that turnaround for Comfort is necessarily as good as it looks on paper. Maybe Escondido can wake up for new trainer at a decent price for the exotics. GP 8. Ch-Ch-Ch-Chia! How can you not bet a horse named after one of the silliest inventions ever? Chia (5/1) debuts for Clement and comes from a great dam side. 5/6 winners, all 5 won on the turf with 2 stakes winners including Philly Ace (14-7-2-2- for $350K with most of that on the turf). Sire is OK on the turf (12%), but Clement could be tough first time out (18%) at a decent price. Will box with first NA, Nimble Foot (3/1) who gets Lasix for Goldberg. Rounding out the competition are Lucknow and Klitzys Rocket who both have run well over this course. I am also trying to beat Pletcher here. AQU 6. Pioneer of Wifi (12/1) seems to have a legitimate shot as a debuter here. Trainer is 4/7 in debuts of a mile or greater at a huge ROI. Sire is decent, has a couple of nice works and jockey is serviceable. I will box with Brown’s Woodford Pine (5/2) who ran second in debut and looks decent in this field. AQU 8. Red Vine (5/1). Agree with everything you said, but I expect speed to do better on the maintrack at AQU, so I am tossing Kid Cruz. I am using the outside three horses in the exotics as I like Red Vine, Amberjack (10/1) and Mail (3/1) in that order. AQU 9. Colorado Grandslam (5/2) makes second start for Hushion – that is enough for me. However, flashed some speed in debut after getting bumped before tiring – this will be a much better effort especially considering the drop to MCL. I will throw in Wild Freud (10/1) who will show speed from the rail and may hang on better now. Doubles to both from race 8.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
OK, you MKB owners. Can any of you beat AOS/RON ZUERCHER'S Carpe Diem in the Blue Grass? Annie
Biggar W More than 1 year ago
DavidM9999 Not accepting every concept that some decide is the way things must be, doesn't make you Neanderthal like.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Just turned up the page on my wall calendar for April, and guess whose picture is there? CALIFORNIA CHROME. : ) Nice big picture of him winning the SA Derby last year. Thanks once again to NANCY B for sending me that very nice gift!! So special good luck to you in the Blue Grass with your new boy, GORGEOUS BIRD! And I see your original MKB, SILVER RIDE is returning in the 5th race at KEE on Sat. too. Good luck with both!!! Annie