05/21/2012 2:41PM

Belmont: Saginaw proves quite a bargain buy for Jacobson

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Adam Coglianese/NYRA
Saginaw, a $30,000 claim for trainer David Jacobson, wins the $100,000 Affirmed Success.

ELMONT, N.Y. – Of all the claims David Jacobson has made in the last six months – and there have been about five dozen – none has proven to be a better one than Saginaw.

Taken for $30,000 from Richard Dutrow Jr. out of a winning performance at Aqueduct on March 8, Saginaw has reeled off four more victories, including a sensational 7 1/2-length score in last Saturday’s inaugural running of the $100,000 Affirmed Success for New York-breds at Belmont Park.

After pressing the rapid pace established by Uncle T Seven, Saginaw drew on even terms at the three-eighths pole, then drew away with authority while being taken in hand by jockey David Cohen the last 100 yards. He ran seven furlongs in 1:21.59. He earned a Beyer Speed Figure of 109, equaling the fourth fastest Beyer this year at distances up to a mile. The Affirmed Success was Saginaw’s fourth race in 46 days.

“I got him good from Rick, and I’m just improving on that,” said Jacobson, who won a four-way shake to get the 6-year-old gelding. “The horse was just getting better with every race. He seems to like running his races close together. Some people get criticized for doing that, but in this case it helps the horse and makes him better.”

Jacobson, who owns a piece of the horse along with Drawing Away Stable, said he was expecting a good performance, but he wasn’t expecting Saginaw to run that fast.

“You’re always surprised when they run that fast,” Jacobson said.

Jacobson said that Saginaw did come out of the race in great shape, but he had not yet picked out a spot for him though it will likely come against open company. With Saginaw having been successful in races from seven furlongs to 1 1/16 miles, Jacobson said he has many options for the gelding’s next spot.

“The horse will let us know,” Jacobson said. “I would think that he’ll probably run against open company in the near future – 21 to 31 days.”

Robin Dawson More than 1 year ago
All this talk about 'who's juicing who' is pointless until the authorities put in place proper thresholds and a mechanism whereby suspensions can be upheld. Until then, the smart guys (like Lance Armstrong in the Tour de France) will take advantage of every loophole. And don't kid yourselves...everyone is at it.
Joe More than 1 year ago
This is why NYRA should make vet bills public access, this crook gets them right and then they evaporate. He runs them to death or drops to lose them before the inevitable breakdown. The list is long, DAS should look at what happens to 75% of their stock. Making any $? Maybe Saginaw will get you out.
Gerald Sabo More than 1 year ago
Not all injections are done by the vet. There are many trainers that have there own concoctions (Milkshakes) that they inject. They were using snake venom at one time. They will go to any lengths to gain an edge.
mrm More than 1 year ago
I wonder what Jacobson is using that Dutrow did not? There's a new chemist in town.
Gerald Sabo More than 1 year ago
Not all trainers are needle trainers. There are a lot of hard working stables that use medication properly. Dutrow could be the poster child for performance enhancing drugs. I don't know what Jacobsons record is.
Robert Darling More than 1 year ago
How do YOU know that ???
Mark Scheider More than 1 year ago
Claim and run enough of them into the ground and 1 will be a superstar.
Norma Fullmer More than 1 year ago
Okay, a bit harsh.... I'll try again.... Drawing Away Stables is comprised of wonderful Owners, Partners, grooms, Trainer and assts. They care for the horses as I wish some other stables would....even into retirement. So please, Mark, know of what you are speaking when you make comments putting ANYONE down, when you do not even know them.....and make an effort to learn more.....
Jerry Sabo More than 1 year ago
Good reply Norma. Until you have spent some time on the backside, you have no idea what it takes care for a racehorse and get them to the races.
Babette Cade More than 1 year ago
Amen to that! I am a fan, but have ridden before and taken care of horses as well. The care a racing Thoroughbred gets has got to be unbelievably painstaking as well as time consuming. Horses are very hands on and almost nothing in the way of their care is automated. Before criticizing, go see what it takes.
Teri Otway More than 1 year ago
Thank you Norma! You said what I wanted to. DAS had did nothing but taken great care of Saginaw and he has thrived in their care!!! He is a terrific horse and I take nothing away from him!!! I for one love Saginaw!!!
Joe More than 1 year ago
How many times has he tapped his joints?