05/18/2002 12:00AM

Jacobs: Three in row for True Direction


True Direction, a 3-year-old colt shipping in from New York, ran his winning streak to three with an eventful but dominating victory in the six-furlong $100,000 Hirsch Jacobs Stakes.

True Direction ($4.80) stalked on the outside down the backstretch in the six-furlong race and almost clipped heels when jockey Ramon Dominguez had trouble keeping the horse in check. But True Direction swept by the leaders around the turn and drew off powerfully in the stretch, winning by 2 1/2 lengths with a final eighth in 12.20 seconds. The final time for six furlongs was 1:10.90.

Trainer Carlos Morales added blinkers for the race, a move he said had never resulted in a first-off winner for him in his 16-year training career.

Morales said he will consider the Grade 2 Riva Ridge Stakes at seven furlongs on June 8 for True Direction's next start.