With 22 horses entered at Aqueduct today and Sunday, trainer David Jacobson had a loaded hand to break the New York Racing Association record for victories in a year.
He didn’t even need it.
With two horses entered in one race on Friday, Jacobson broke the record with Tiz Gianni in the seventh race to reach a total of 160 wins on the NYRA circuit in 2013.
“It’s something very special,” Jacobson told NYRA. “I thought after we had a really good meet at Saratoga, I might have a shot. It worked out. It was great to have David [Cohen] and Drawing Away Stable involved in this special moment.”
Besides training all of Drawing Away Stable’s horses, Jacobson also partners with them as an owner.
He tied Gary Contessa’s 2007 record with three wins on Thursday.
With three racing days left in 2013, Drawing Away Stable is the leading owner on the NYRA circuit of Aqueduct, Belmont Park and Saratoga Race Course this year with 88 winners.
The son of the late Howard “Buddy” Jacobson, a five-time leading trainer in New York, Jacobson returned to training in 2007 after a 25-year absence.
He won his first meet title at Aqueduct in the spring of 2011, and saddled his first Grade I winner that year when Mabou took the New York Turf Writers’ Cup at Saratoga. Jacobson added a second Grade I victory this year when Strapping Groom won the Forego at Saratoga.
“Setting records wasn’t a goal when I came back to training. Like any other professional sport, I was just trying to win a race at a time,” he said. “Hopefully, we’ll keep this going for a long time and break the record next year.”
In the feature race, Mail delivered an easy win in his stakes debut, the $100,000 Traskwood for 3-year-olds at 1 1⁄16 miles.
The colt, trained by Mechanicville native Chad Brown and ridden by Jose Ortiz, dictated the pace for his third win in six starts. Mail beat Micromange by 51⁄2 lengths in 1:44.93 on the fast track.
The 2-1 second choice, Mail paid $6.20, $3.30 and $3. Micromanage, the 9-5 favorite, returned $2.70 and $2.30, and Pappa Portmore paid $3.90 to show.
SUMMER BIRD EUTHANIZED
Summer Bird, the 2009 Belmont and Travers winner, died of colic on Monday, the Japan Bloodhorse Breeders’ Association told Blood-Horse magazine.
He was euthanized after developing colic on Sunday.
A homebred owned by Drs. K.K. and Vilasini Jayaraman, Summer Bird followed up his wins in the Belmont and Travers by beating a field that included Quality Road, Tizway and Macho Again in the Jockey Club Gold Cup on his way to the 3-year-old male Eclipse Award.
He was fourth to Zenyatta in the Breeders’ Cup Classic, then was retired after suffering a hairline fracture of his right front cannon bone while preparing for the Japan Cup.
Trained by Tim Ice, he had four wins, one second and one third from nine starts for $2,323,040 in purses.
The son of Birdstone entered stud in 2011 at Pauls Mill farm near Versailles, Ky., and then moved to WinStar Farm, also near Versailles, for 2012.
The JBBA bought him in late 2012 to stand at their farm on the island of Hokkaido.
NEW YEAR’S DAY RETIRED
Breeders’ Cup Juvenile winner New Year’s Day has been retired after suffering a sesamoid injury.
He will stand at stud at Hill ‘n’ Dale, near Lexington, Ky.
The son of Street Cry, owned by Gary and Mary West and trained by Bob Baffert, worked three furlongs at Santa Anita two weekends ago and was scheduled to open his 3-year-old season in the Robert B. Lewis on Feb. 8.
Baffert told the Daily Racing Form that New Year’s Day came out of gallop walking gingerly earlier this week, and an X-ray showed a chip in his left hind leg.
Smelling like a Rose
Kathleen Rose won the $58,000 Jupiter Purse for California-bred fillies and mares by a half-length at Santa Anita on Friday.
Ridden by Rafael Bejarano, Kathleen Rose ran a mile on the turf in 1:34.69, and paid $3, $2.40 and $2.10 as the 1-2 favorite.
Mangita returned $6 and $4. Warren’s Rosebud was another 1 1⁄4 lengths back in third, and paid $2.80 to show.
Kathleen Rose bobbled a bit as the gates opened. She laid second behind Mangita down the backside, drew even leaving the quarter pole and then pair battled to the wire.
“Going into the first turn, a horse crossed in front of me and I almost clipped heels,” Bejarano said. “After the [clubhouse] turn, when I was finally clear, I stayed outside and just let her relax. At the top of the stretch, I let her kick, but it felt like she definitely was tired at the end.”
The victory, worth $34,800, increased Kathleen Rose’s career earnings to $88,550, with two wins in five career starts.
HERE AND THERE
Breeders’ Cup Classic winner Mucho Macho Man won the fourth annual Secretariat Vox Populi Award.
The award recognizes the horse whose popularity and racing excellence best resounded with the American public and gained recognition for racing.
Mucho Macho Man was the unanimous choice among the three deciding bodies, online fan voting, the Vox Populi committee and Secretariat’s owner, Penny Chenery, who established the award in 2010.
Previous winner were Paynter (2012), Rapid Redux (2011) and Zenyatta (2010). . . .
Jockey Junior Alvarado underwent surgery this week to repair a broken left ankle and will be out for about three months, his agent, Mike Selitto, told NYRA on Monday.
Alvarado sustained the injury prior to the running of the East View Stakes at Aqueduct on Sunday, when his mount, Miss Narcissist, flipped in the gate and unseated the rider. Flipcup won the race. . . .
Saratoga Snacks, owned by NFL hall of famer Bill Parcells, will try to win the Alex M. Robb for the second year in a row at Aqueduct today.
He’s the 4-5 morning-line favorite off an eighth in the Grade I Cigar Mile and a win in the Empire Classic on New York Showcase Day.
The Cigar Mile was his first finish off the board in 11 career starts.
“He came out of there banged up,” trainer Gary Sciacca said. “He went all the way down to his knees [at the break]. I think he would have made a race of it. He would have been right there if he was where he was supposed to be, instead of trailing the field in last.”