05/23/2013 6:20PM

Belmont Park: Jacobson wins with four first-off-the-claim horses


ELMONT, N.Y. - No trainer plays the claiming game in New York better these days than David Jacobson, a point he drove home Thursday winning four races at Belmont Park, all with horses making their first start off the claim.

Jacobson, the son of the infamous trainer  Buddy Jacobson, won Thursday’s second with Spa City Fever ($12.60), the third with Yo Blue ($8.30), the fifth with Princess Mara ($8.90), and the eighth with Sing Dixie Sing ($7.80). None of the horses were favored. The first three wins, for Jacobson’s primary client Drawing Away Stable, came with jockey Junior Alvarado; the latter for owner Bruce Golden with David Cohen up.

“Every time I win I’m surprised,” said Jacobson, who is the leading trainer at this meet with 17 wins, seven more than Chad Brown. “I hope to win and I run them to win and I think they’re going to win but when they actually do win I’m surprised every time. It’s almost impossible to win a race - especially in New York. You have a lot of talented horsemen and people here.”

Though the 7-year-old Spa City Fever hadn’t won since the Alex M. Robb on Dec. 31, 2011, Jacobson took him for $62,500 on April 12 from Mike Hushion.

Thursday’s $81,000 allowance/optional claiming race scratched down to three horses and Spa City Fever was aided by the fact heavily favored Big Screen stumbled a few strides out of the gate. Spa City Fever won by 2 1/2 lengths.

“I guess Big Screen on his best day is going to beat us but he has run some very tough, very fast races and I was hoping it took something out of him and I was right,” Jacobson said.

Jacobson took Yo Blue from Gary Contessa for $20,000 out of a turf race on May 5 and won a $35,000 claiming race on turf with him on Thursday in front-running fashion.

“He was a big, good-looking horse, Contessa had him running good,” Jacobson said. “He’s a 3-year-old we hoped would go the distance on grass and he did. Nice horse.”

Jacobson took Princess Mara from Steve Asmussen’s stable for $16,000 and jumped her up to $35,000. She galloped to a four-length front-running victory.

“She was tough to train in the morning and I think we got a handle on how to train her,” Jacobson said. “Even though Steve Asmussen is an amazing trainer sometimes their [stable’s] too big and don’t have the time to spend with pain-in-the-[butt] horses.”

Sing Dixie Sing, dropping in for $35,000 after having been claimed for $50,000 by Jacobson, scored a 6 1/4-length, front-running victory in the eighth.

Jacobson said Sing Dixie Sing is also a bit difficult to train but he won’t have to worry about that as Carlos Martin won a two-way shake with Linda Rice to claim her for $35,000.

Jacobson did prove he was mortal as Irish Lion, a horse not entered for a claiming tag, finished last when running for the first-level allowance condition offered in race 6.

“I thought he’d run better than that,” Jacobson said. “I didn’t necessarily think he’d win, but I thought he could run with those horses.”

Jacobson will be back in action Friday with five horses in four races, including Sure Route, a horse running for the optional claiming price of $62,500 - the same price for which he was claimed - in the fourth race.

John Moore More than 1 year ago
Didn't Jacobson claim Saginaw for 30K and turned him into a winning machine. Give credit where credit is due. He is a fine horseman.
Vince Lentini More than 1 year ago
1) Jacobson places horses in great spots 2) If I read the comments correctly , if you win you MUST be juicing .
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Whenever anyone mentions David Jacobson, it'd be shameful if someone didn't remind everyone of what he dig to Hugable Tom. He can have all the success in the world, but he should be reminded of his shameful acts regarding that horse at every turn.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
"What he did". Sorry.
Vince Lentini More than 1 year ago
The OWNER of Hugable Tom disagrees with you. I love folks like you , who fell that for OTHERS ( surely not yourself), can never redeem themselves from acts they did while young ( 24)...............from the OWNER of the horse......Ricatto says that Jacobson, who is 24 years old, is suffering because of the notoriety of his father, Howard (Buddy) Jacobson, a former leading trainer who is serving a life sentence for the murder of John Tupper. ''The whole thing doesn't make any sense,'' Ricatto said. ''How can they say the horse didn't get medical attention when I was getting veterinary bills for several hundred dollars a month? And a week before he was destroyed, a vet took X-rays of the horse and found nothing wrong with the way he was being cared for.'' Ricatto said that Hugable Tom had been training well for a return to the races after a summer layoff when Jacobson called him a week before the gelding was destroyed and told him about the laminitis. ''David felt terrible,'' Ricatto recalled, ''but what can you do? We wanted to take him to a farm, but we couldn't even get the horse on a truck - he couldn't stand up. He had to be put down
Chuck Seddio More than 1 year ago
juice just like his daddy,anyone remember the famous buddy Jacobsen trainer for max Hirsch,owner of the stew zoo,all the apts bugged and finally he walked out of jail dressed as his lawyer? he was convicted of killing if I remember jack tapper owner of regents row on lefferts blvd, Melanie was papa buddy's downfall. buddy senior was the first juicer on the new York circuit
Vince Lentini More than 1 year ago
His dad was the fFIRST juicer.......lol PLEASE
Tom Mallios More than 1 year ago
if you enjoyed yesterdays feats.take a look at todays belmont race 4.even though the darley was coming off a layoff,he laid over the field.the 4.a first jaco,who ran 1 poor dirt race.just missed by a lip.kudos to the connections.you should win next out
robert More than 1 year ago
You are an IDIOT!
Tom Mallios More than 1 year ago
thank you for the kind words
Pale Rider More than 1 year ago
Wow, Jacobson is sure making the previous owners and trainers look stupid and dumb! Steve Asmussen needs to apologize to the previous owner of Princess Mara!
Paul Tuel Jr More than 1 year ago
Guy also has an uncanny knack of running uncoupled horses and always seeming to win with the higher price of the 2............
jttf More than 1 year ago
the other day my friend and i are handicapping evangeline races. i tell him broberg is going off 4 to 1 and he has an unbelievable win % of close to 50 % with large evangeline fields. my friend says, but the jockey is only 1 for 57. i tell him the jockey isnt nearly as important as the vet. so broberg's horse wins easily in a 12 horse field. just handicap the meds and peds.
Vegas Guy More than 1 year ago
Is it virtually impossible for Jacobson to be winning like this and NOT be dirty? I mean, is there ANY chance he (or Ness or Maker who win high % off the claim) are just GOOD at what they do? My home track is Delaware Park, and right now Ness is winning like crazy. The horses he wins with are horses that haven't won in a while and they show up at Delaware and win going away. To me, something looks wrong. But........I dont want to judge these trainers unfairly. So that is why I am asking.......is there anyway they can be legit? I also just read that Jane Cibelli was 34-156 (21%) at GP and Tampa over the winter. Now she is 0-27 everywhere else. Hmmmmmmmmm. Appreciate your response.
Vince Lentini More than 1 year ago
so only trainers who win at 5% are OK with you? DJ is winning at 23%......so in your world the Pat Quick's...Peter Chin's (9 for 508 career)John Quiles(33 for 945 career)..wouldbe good trainers......here is a solution ..don't bet if you feel so strongly about it
bruce More than 1 year ago
He is sharp, bottom line. His program is top notch and his owners allow him to run the horses where they belong. Hell, he even claimed a jumper and won a stake. He knows what he is doing.
mrm More than 1 year ago
He sure does. Wink wink
Vince Lentini More than 1 year ago
for you there are many 5% trainers you can follow
Vince Lentini More than 1 year ago
exactly.....great placement