05/21/2012 2:41PM

Belmont: Saginaw proves quite a bargain buy for Jacobson

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.”