05/25/2013 3:01PM

Finger Lakes: Jacobson has solid pair for Barker Handicap

Tom Keyser
Be Bullish earned Beyer Speed Figures of 100 and 92 in his last two starts, a pair of runner-up finishes.

Trainer David Jacobson doesn’t bring many horses to race at Finger Lakes, but when he does, he frequently wins.

Since 2009, Jacobson has gone 6 for 13 (46 percent) with horses shipped to the western New York racetrack. He has a good shot to pad his already-impressive statistics when he saddles the uncoupled entry of Be Bullish and Uncle T Seven, who are pegged as the top two choices on the morning line for Monday’s $50,000 George W. Barker Handicap.

The six-furlong Barker drew a field of 10 older New York-breds, including defending champion Al’s Deputy. Most of the focus, however, will fall on Jacobson’s 8-year-old Be Bullish and his newly acquired 7-year-old Uncle T Seven.

Be Bullish will be making the third start of his form cycle following back-to-back runner-up finishes that produced Beyer Speed Figures of 100 and 92. A 12-time winner during his 68-race career, Be Bullish was fourth in the 2009 running of the Barker as the 2-5 favorite and won the Leon Reed Memorial at Finger Lakes in 2010.

Uncle T Seven switches from turf to dirt following a $50,000 claim by Jacobson on May 3. Although Uncle T Seven has earned almost $500,000 in his career, he is mired in a 22-race winless streak that dates back to September 2010. His last sprint win on the main track came in November 2009.

But based on his most recent six-furlong start on dirt in the Hollie Hughes Stakes at Aqueduct, Uncle T Seven must be considered a contender in the Barker. Although fourth in the Hollie Hughes, Uncle T Seven was beaten only three-quarters of a length by third-place finisher Be Bullish and earned a 93 Beyer.

Al’s Deputy came from off the pace to upset last year’s Barker at 21-1 but went winless in five subsequent starts. He will be making his first start since early December for a high-percentage trainer, Charlton Baker, who shows a 15-for-67 record (22 percent) with sprinters returning following a break of 120 to 180 days.

The 8-year-old Writingonthewall could be a live longshot at 10-1. He returns to dirt, where he is 5 for 17 on fast tracks, including a 5 1/2-length score over open-company claimers at Aqueduct in March. His trainer, Bruce Levine, is 9 for 29 (31 percent) shipping into Finger Lakes since 2008.