11/30/2014 1:54PM

Strapping Groom injured, retired at 7

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Debbie Roma
Strapping Groom wins the Grade 3 Tom Fool Handicap in March.

Strapping Groom, the winner of the Grade 1 Forego at Saratoga in 2013, suffered a broken bone behind his right knee and will not race again, but he could have a career as a stallion, trainer David Jacobson said Sunday.

Strapping Groom was injured when he fell past the finish line after finishing sixth in Saturday night’s $200,000 Fabulous Strike Handicap at Penn National. Strapping Groom was vanned back to New York in the early hours of Sunday morning and was then vanned from Aqueduct to the Ruffian Equine Medical Center across the street from Belmont Park.

Jacobson said veterinarians at Ruffian told him the horse could recover and return to the races at some point, but Jacobson said, “As far as I’m concerned, his racing career is over.” Jacobson trains Strapping Groom, a 7-year-old son of Johannesburg, for Drawing Away Stable.

Jacobson and Drawing Away claimed Strapping Groom for $35,000 in May 2013 after the horse had been away from the races for 11 months. He won four of 11 starts for Drawing Away and Jacobson, including the Forego at odds of 15-1. This year, he won the Grade 3 Tom Fool Handicap. Following a fifth-place finish in the Grade 1 Carter in April, Strapping Groom was hampered by foot problems.

Jacobson said going into the Fabulous Strike, Strapping Groom “had never been sounder.”

Jacobson said that in addition to the broken bone in the knee, Strapping Groom had abrasions around his eyes.

Bred by the Steinbrenner family’s Kinsman Stable, Strapping Groom ends his career with a record of 10-6-2 from 29 starts and earnings of $931,713.

Pagani Zonda More than 1 year ago
Not to mention him running Saginaw into the ground.
Pagani Zonda More than 1 year ago
Jacobson, tell us what you did to these claimers... Uncle Smokey(Claimed by Jacobson and already run down hard when claimed, and broke down the following race, and was Euthanized) Toque(Found at New Holland Auction) East of Danzig Rift El Oh El Force Multiplier
Pagani Zonda More than 1 year ago
Good idea to retire him. After watching one of my favorites Trading Leather break down, I was hoping for good news about Strapping Groom.
Rosemarie Cola More than 1 year ago
Wishing Strapping Groom a speedy recovery and hoping Cherokee Artist rests in peace. If these connections have any blood own their hands, lets hope the authorities open their eyes and stop ignoring a tragic situation. Or must it be a champion, or a jockey that must die again before they take these things serious. As Union Rags said; always the horse must come first, and always do the right thing. No matter what.
Union_Rags More than 1 year ago
The horse ALWAYS has to come first. ALWAYS do the right thing.
Peter Murphy More than 1 year ago
Maybe the NYRA or the DRF as part of its program info should list as part of its info on trainers how many horses have broken down and been euthanized, either on the track or in training, along with the starts per trainer for each year. In the meantime, Jacobsen should be thrown off the grounds---we already know what his record is.
Chuck Seddio More than 1 year ago
that apple did not fall far from the tree,like father like son,old timers like my self remember buddy(daddy) jacobson, who by the way died in prison a convicted murderer,and rated out by his own son jr
Greg Jones More than 1 year ago
Sad that no one in the industry will expose Jacobson and DAS for who they are. Jacobson has had six die in last 15 months, Cherokee Artist latest added to list. And the beat goes on...
MsTBredRacing More than 1 year ago
Can someone please find out what is going on with Immortal Eyes? He has this millionaire and I'd hate to see this happen to him. He dropped him to 25k claimers this summer after having an amazing last year winning stakes for previous owner and trainer. The horse hasn't done well since entering his barn. He is 9 and I think very deserving of a retirement. Please spread the word about him. He has been working at Laurel from my virtual notifications.
Deborah Jones More than 1 year ago
The former connections bought IE back in a private deal from DJ a few months ago. We all thought IE would be retired but is showing 2 published works the latter 11/25 at Laurel Park. I guess they are bringing the horse back!
MsTBredRacing More than 1 year ago
Thanks for the info! Glad they took him back!
Ric Walters More than 1 year ago
DJ and DAS are what is wrong with racing. They always spin the facts when the heat is on which it has been lately. It won't change who they are and won't change what they stand for.....which is always $$$ before the horse. Anyone who'd like to know MORE....much MORE, feel free to email or message me for specifics.
Gaye Goodwin More than 1 year ago
"...Jacobson said going into the Fabulous Strike, Strapping Groom “had never been sounder.”..." : really? Hope the stud career isn't in Kazakhstan...
Jennifer Armellino More than 1 year ago
WOW Ric, if you spent as much time writing letters to the racing commission as you do anti-DAS posts MAYBE you'ld have made some progress!!!
mike More than 1 year ago
Jennifer are you on something? Or do you,like many just look the other way? What Ric states is on point.
Ric Walters More than 1 year ago
As usual and as DAS does, not response from Jennifer, a DAS disciple.