07/07/2013 5:38PM

Belmont Park: Jacobson sets record for wins at spring-summer meet

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David Jacobson had a record 41 wins at the Belmont spring-summer meet through Sunday.

David Jacobson’s domination at this meet hit record-setting status Sunday, when Abra won the sixth race by 10 lengths, enabling Jacobson to set a record for the most wins at a Belmont spring-summer stand.

Abra’s front-running score was the 41st victory of the meet for Jacobson, eclipsing the mark of 40 wins set by Todd Pletcher at the 2003 spring-summer meeting. There still are four racing days remaining before the action on this circuit moves to Saratoga beginning July 19.

“It’s very rewarding, it’s amazing, all the above, and everything I didn’t say,” said Jacobson, who earlier on the card tied the record when Dust Em Mick rallied from off the pace to win the fourth.

Abra was a much easier winner, dropping down from the $35,000 claiming ranks to $16,000 and winning easily under David Cohen. Abra, like many of Jacobson’s horses this summer, was claimed, this time by Linda Rice. Jacobson did claim Praetereo, the winner of the seventh, for $62,500.

Jacobson did not win with his other two runners on Sunday’s card, Socialsaul (fifth in race 7) and Liquidity Trap (second in race 8). Jacobson, with 41 wins at the meet from 156 starters, will win his first Belmont spring-meet title. He leads Chad Brown and Todd Pletcher by 18 wins.

“When you come into a meet, you hope to win a lot of races, as many as you can, but this exceeded my expectations,” Jacobson said. “With the kind of horses I have competing against Pletcher, [Bill] Mott, [Christophe] Clement, and Chad Brown, it’s really something special when you pull this off.”

Jacobson found it gratifying that he also ranks in the top three in purse money won at the meet with $1,559,516.

“I’ve been running the horses aggressively, running them in the right spots,” Jacobson said. “My owners are happy, the riders are happy – they’re on live horses – and I’m happy.”

Jacobson’s barn at Aqueduct has been under 24-hour surveillance since late May following a four-win day at Belmont.

Chet Needy More than 1 year ago
The race track doesn't want to catch them. They can't stand the bad publicity.
Linda Dion-Realtor More than 1 year ago
Congrats to David
Matt Zebriski More than 1 year ago
The DRF, TVG, and HRTV continually place these guys on pedestals in the same manner that ESPN praised Sosa and Bonds, and now creates a hero out of Ray Lewis. Sports in general has become a joke as the money has skyrocketed...horse racing is the piece de resistance. NYRA had Jacobson under surveillance, and he went from 30% to under 10% for a stretch, just like Cibelli went from leading trainer at MTH to a less than 10% hack now after being caught (though still unpunished!). Granted, Jacobson has recovered to set the BEL meet wins record, but everyone in the business knows that the people who are responsible for surveillance have no clue what they are looking for...once Jacobson got comfortable, the hits started coming again...its so blatantly clear, despite being circumstantial, that you have to believe the people who run racetracks must be the dumbest people on the planet, or they simply don't care. Yeah, Jacobson is aggressive and spots horses in good spots, but he also is borderline abusive the way he runs horses into the ground. Good horsemanship, I'm not so sure.
Angry More than 1 year ago
What a bunch of hypocritical people. David excels because he: 1. is an above average trainer 2. places his horses aggressively 3. has owners who have excelled at the claiming game for decades. These are racehorses. They are not pets. smh
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Brandon Major More than 1 year ago
It is not Labocetta Jr, it is Frank Labocetta Sr. A class act and a legend to the racing industry who brought "Air Forbes One" to the Kentucky Derby.!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Ian GW More than 1 year ago
Ship to Suffolk please. Nobody wants to play chalk claimers. He makes races unbettable at Belmont.
Carlos Barragan More than 1 year ago
Jason More than 1 year ago
Just as Rob Henie writes daily in the ECHR aka East Coast Handicapping Report, the "super feed" trainers claim off of one another while others usually stay clear of these guys. He addresses these barns daily, not sure why DRF and others don't sell the report, it's awesome, and no, I'm not a relative, lol. Sounds like it's catching on though, best report on NY racing, good stuff people should check out. As for Jacobson, hard to believe there ignorant people who believe he's just a good horseman, lol.
Dennis Fay More than 1 year ago
Do You Know The Man Personally?? I Own Horse He Trains.. He Takes Best Care Of His Horses I Have Ever Seen. If You Don't Like Him That's Fine, But At Least Give Him Credit For The Achievement Especially Since He Did It While Being Watched Under A 24 Hour Surveillance. That Says Something About Him Right There.
Jason More than 1 year ago
You own horse that he trains, OF COURSE you're happy with him, lol.......By the way, 24 hour "surveillance" is different at all tracks with regard to degree of being watched. It's a bit network between the 'super feed' trainers on the west and east coast. Who gets David's horses when they move to the west coast, and vice versa, it's O'Neill and Miller. It's hard for you to comment when you're on the same team as these guys.
Dennis Fay More than 1 year ago
Wasn't Trying To Start A Fight, Just Was Pointing Out That David Works Tirelessly To Find The Right Spots For His Horses. He Should Get A Lot Of Credit For This Accomplishment Even More So With The Surveillance. Drawing Away And David Jacobson Form A Great Team!! If You Have Personal Problems With David I Am Ok With That Just Give Credit Where Credit Is Do In The End Is All I Ask.
HaveA NiceDay More than 1 year ago
Dennis, problem is, it's fearless placing. He knows he can place a horse in a bold manner with an edge over others. If you do watch closely where he's putting his runners, he's doing things that Frankel, Dutrow, etc, also displayed......I have no doubt he's a good horseman, but that's not the issue.
Tom Mallios More than 1 year ago
dennis , they all work hard . listen no one knows for sure if david is doing or not doing.same with other trainers.easy to accuse. my point is with your statement. does that include big buisiness who he claimed for nothing and made him a statebred star. does it also include saginaw who he claimed and has won what 85 vraces in arow and all stakes. let us not go crazy and think he is the sharpest tool in the shed and only he knows where to place horses or he is bold enough to do it. if the horse has gas in the tank,it can run anywhere.if a horse is empty in the tank,it will lose everywhere. i applaud you for defending your trainer.that is what you should do.you have a right to get ticked when his ethics are challenged. but let us not go overboard with his being smarter or braver than the average bear.
wolves More than 1 year ago
Works tirelessly to find the right spots??? It doesn't require all that much effort....read the condition book then enter them
Jason More than 1 year ago
As Rob Henie writes in the ECHR - East Coast Handicapping Report everyday, there's a certain group of "super feed" trainers who claim off of one another, and few claim off of them! Everyday he accurately discusses the issues in race by race situations. Check it out. I'm not involved with the service but always tell my buddies about it, this issue resonates daily in the report with great info.......hope it helps some.
Peter More than 1 year ago
Jason - I dont tell my friends about the ECHR to help keep my prices better, seriously, darn good stuff and probably just a matter of time before everyone knows about it, as for this whole debate, Jacobson is not on the up and up, it's pretty evident when putting two and two together.
Mike More than 1 year ago
Jacobson started to catch fire when he hired banned trainer Frank Labocetta jr as an assisant
wolves More than 1 year ago
I noticed that...labocetta was fantastic as a trainer ......whether he is a great horseman or a juicer, i don't know