02/13/2015 1:46PM

Salutos Amigos skipping General George Handicap

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Debbie Roma
Salutos Amigos wins the Toboggan Stakes by 1 3/4 lengths last Saturday.

Trainer David Jacobson called an audible Friday morning and decided not to enter Salutos Amigos in the $250,000 General George Handicap on Monday at Laurel Park.

Salutos Amigos would have been favored in the Grade 3 General George off his impressive come-from-behind victory last Saturday in the Toboggan Stakes at Aqueduct. Salutos Amigos made up four lengths in the final furlong of the Toboggan to overpower the front-running Dads Caps in deep stretch and win by 1 3/4 lengths. He earned a 108 Beyer Speed Figure.

Jacobson said he was concerned about the extremely cold temperatures predicted for this weekend.

“Because of the cold, I don’t think I’m going to be able to train him this weekend, and I’m not comfortable running him back in Maryland on nine days’ rest if I can’t go to the track with him,” Jacobson said. “He’s been such a good horse for us, and I have such high hopes for the future, I don’t want to take any chances with him.”

Jacobson said the next major objective for Salutos Amigos will be either the $2 million Dubai Golden Shaheen at Meydan on March 28 or the Grade 1 Carter at Aqueduct on April 4. Salutos Amigos may have a prep race in the interim.

Jacobson will be represented in the General George by Big Business, who Jacobson said has been “training right along and is ready to go.” Irad Ortiz Jr. has been named to ride.

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Jonathan Moore More than 1 year ago
Golden Shaheen? This horse will get smoked. How many deep closers are winning over that new dirt surface? I see horses sitting on or near the lead who have been winning at a high percentage at the carnival.
Ivan More than 1 year ago
Anyone scared of the "new attitude" of the "new sheriff in Laurel town" towards certain "issues"? NO NYRA 'breaks" in Laurel? I don't know... I'm just asking :) ...MEYDAN? ummmm..I don't think so...NYRA gives better "incentives" ...Grade 1 Carter...wait for me!!!! :)
wayne haehner More than 1 year ago
This guy is known as "the pain-killer trainer". His horse breakdown at an alarming rate. Remember Saginaw? Guys like this and Rudy are why NY racing is in decline-out of towners cannot compete with these guys so they don't ship to Aq / Bel. Notice how Jacobsen goes quiet every Saratoga meet? No coincidence
Jonathan Moore More than 1 year ago
This is his bread and butter time of the year....
Paul McAleavey More than 1 year ago
You are aware of the fact that Jacobson breaks down as many horses per year that were decent horses every year than any trainer in New Yorkright? While he's concerned about that one look at the others that were stake winners and then died in training or races that made good decent money. Watch, if Aqueduct runs through the the weekend Jacobson will have a horse euthanized and I have one in mind but there are several options.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is for sure, Salutos Amigos is in good hands. Jacobson is one of the greats and whatever he thinks is best for this horse is the way it should go. I'm a big fan of this nice sprinter and I'd love to see him healthy and fit and in the gate on BC Saturday.
Jonathan Moore More than 1 year ago
Your in the VERY small minority who thinks this man is a legitimate trainer. Did Jaco stick you with a needle to make you post that comment?
Michael Infurna More than 1 year ago
Worried about training him off a race 7 days ago? Really??