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Belmont Park: Jacobson sets record for wins at spring-summer meet
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.
Congrats to David
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.
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
I didn't know Labocetta Jr was his top assistant. How does a convicted felon get a trainer's license? He should be barred from the grounds. He had cocaine and heroin in his system when he severely injured a family near Saratoga during a car accident.
Ship to Suffolk please. Nobody wants to play chalk claimers. He makes races unbettable at Belmont.
WHY IS JACOBSON UNDER SURVEILLANCE? IS IT THE AMOUNT OF VIOLATIONS OR WINS? IF WINS IS THE CASE, MAYBE KEN RAMSEY SHOULD BE WATCHED AS WELL.
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.
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.
Jacobson started to catch fire when he hired banned trainer Frank Labocetta jr as an assisant
Why wasn't TAP watched when he won the title?
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