12/21/2012 4:55PM

Aqueduct: Saginaw goes for win No. 11 in Alex M. Robb Stakes

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Saginaw, winning the Gravesend on Dec. 15, is currently tied for the most wins this season.

OZONE PARK, N.Y. – David Jacobson’s 106 wins at the three New York Racing Association tracks have him tied with Richard Dutrow Jr. for most by a trainer on this circuit in 2012. Perhaps Jacobson’s biggest victory this year came at the claim box, where on March 8 he won a four-way shake to take Saginaw, coincidentally trained then by Dutrow.

Wednesday, Saginaw will attempt to become the horse with the most wins in North America for 2012 when he takes on four rivals in the $75,000 Alex M. Robb Stakes at Aqueduct as racing resumes on this circuit following a nine-day break.

Jacobson claimed Saginaw for $30,000 on behalf of himself and his primary client, Drawing Away Stable, on the day Saginaw won a mile and 70-yard race over the inner track by 13 1/4 lengths.

Since then, Saginaw has gone 9 for 11 with six stakes victories and has earned $477,600. His only bad race came in the Grade 1 Metropolitan Handicap in which he was running back on nine days’ rest while facing four Grade 1 winners.

Saginaw’s 10 victories from 13 starts in 2012 has him tied with fellow New York-bred Clean Jean (10 for 20) and Puerto Rico-based Winning Dubai (10 for 20) as the horses with the most wins this year in North America. Clean Jean recorded the majority of his wins at Finger Lakes, while Winning Dubai won all his races at Camarero Race Track.

Saginaw has not only won over all four dirt surfaces at the NYRA tracks, he has won at distances from six furlongs to 1 1/16 miles. The Robb, restricted to New York-breds, is at 1 1/16 miles.

Saginaw is wheeling back just 11 days after winning the six-furlong Gravesend by a length over Royal Currier on Dec. 15.

“He had to run really hard to beat” Royal Currier, Jacobson said Friday. “I thought it was going to be a little easier race than it was. It turned out he had to run hard. It took a little out of him. Right now, everything looks good. We’ll be there.”

Junior Alvarado will ride from post 5.

Saratoga Snacks, owned by former NFL coach Bill Parcells and trained by Gary Sciacca, is the biggest threat to Saginaw. A 3-year-old son of Tale of the Cat, Saginaw has won 4 of 6 starts and is coming off a 1 1/4-length loss to Lunar Victory in the Empire Classic at Belmont on Oct. 20. He was scheduled to run in the Discovery on Nov. 17, but had to miss that race after developing a foot bruise.

Saratoga Snacks has only one half-mile breeze since the Empire Classic, but Sciacca said the horse has done several “two-minute licks,” strong gallops in which every furlong is run in 15 seconds or faster.

“He’s doing very good,” Sciacca said. “But Saginaw is great right now.”

This will be the first two-turn race for Saratoga Snacks, but Sciacca said, “I don’t think that will make a difference.”

Ramon Dominguez rides Saratoga Snacks, who gets five pounds from Saginaw, from post 3.

Swag Daddy, a two-time stakes winner over the inner track last winter, makes his return off a June layoff for Dutrow. Idle American and Socialsaul complete the field.

Wednesday’s card is the first of seven consecutive days of racing at Aqueduct through New Year’s Day.

John Stevelberg More than 1 year ago
What the heck is Dutrow still doing in racing ? When if ever does this 10 year ban start....yesterday would be a good start date.
russell More than 1 year ago
The disturbing part of the article is that Rick Dutrow has won over 100 races and NYRA allows him to enter horses despite the fact hes facing a 10 year ban. Toss him out!
Rufus More than 1 year ago
I might agree on sentiment but, a trainer's license is considered a piece of property under the law, and cannot be taken away without proper ajudication, whether you or I think so, or not. Rick and his lawyers are close to exhausting all their challenges.
John Flynn More than 1 year ago
What is going to happen - long term - with Saginaw??? These type of stories rarely have "Happy Endings". This trainer is a Claiming Trainer - I just hope he doesn't Break Down on the track.
Mark More than 1 year ago
No tri in 5 horse field. May play him wp and key in ex bx
Mark More than 1 year ago
Correction. There is a tri offered. Waiting till race to decide betting strategy.
Mark More than 1 year ago
Could see social sal and snacks banging heads from the get go. Won t be shocked if Idle picks up some pieces. Maybe not all but in the top 3 . Snacks and sal could be short of layoffs. Saginaw could be cooked off last. Idle sitting on top effort 3 rd of cycle. If there is ever a time for him to get in # its in here.
Joseph Silverio More than 1 year ago
Not to be rude, but are you the same Mark who above is talking about flat betting and place betting a horse who will be 3~5 at post time, even money ML? Now talking about a turf plodder for "top 3" in a 5 horse field? Come on man......
Mark More than 1 year ago
@joe. No im not talking about "flat" betting and place betting on saginaw. Yes im thinking of using a"turf plodder " who is 15-1 ml in a 5 horse field . Its calked gambling chief. Imo the 3-5 choice is vulnerable wheeling right back off such a huge effort and stretching out.
Mark More than 1 year ago
Also its a "turf plodder" who since the april freshening returned in november with a new career top buyer 84 in an easy win. Then regressed on the second start back. Can see as i have a thousand times before an effort even better than the return race in november. Yes i know its surface switch. Willing to gamble at right price. Also, besides the short rest of saginaw and the huge effort it took to beat rice's horse in last he is 2/7 at the distance. Snacks goes out for a .04 % siacca and will be 2nd choice at 1-1 6/5 ? Are these two horses faster than idle? Yes. Are they vulnerable to not be in top form? Yes. Is idle who i believe is sitting on a big race capable of hitting board as most likely the longest shot in the race? Yes. Will i bet a lot of $ on the race and get rich doing so? No and no. May not play it at all. I am just saying that i may see an opportunity to make a play using the longest shot in a five horse field. Saginaw has been a win machine. Think he has every excuse to run second or third in here. Combine that and if idle can get in tri there is a shot a a decent paying tri for such a short field.
Advance Plumbing More than 1 year ago
Jacobsen needs to rest this horse, not run him 8 1/2 furlongs.Hard up people!! Ashamed for the sport. Parcells horse lickin his chops for this one.
Joseph Silverio More than 1 year ago
Should cruise. Feels obvious. Could go off favored as Saginaw drifts up!
Old timer More than 1 year ago
misprint above; after Tale of tyhe Cat, should read "Saratoga Snacks has won 4 of 6"
avlamal More than 1 year ago
dont worry gary saratoga snacks will eat this field like twinkies ez snack here u heard it folks saginaw is a tired horse caveat emptor cant be any clearer than that
avlamal More than 1 year ago
right again of course