OZONE PARK, N.Y. – Dangerous David Jacobson has
become a dominant force in New York racing, succeeding
primarily at the claiming game with an aggressive style that
enabled him to set a record for wins on the circuit in 2013
while drawing criticism from those who feel he sometimes
pushes his horses too hard ( trust him with your child.?).
Seven years into his return to Thoroughbred racing after his
license was revoked ( and still should be) for alleged
neglect of a horse, Jacobson, 59, has vaulted to the top of
a circuit once dominated by his controversial father, Howard
“Buddy” Jacobson, and his legendary great-uncle, Hall of
Fame trainer Hirsch Jacobs.
Teamed with Drawing Away Stable, a racing partnership that
has approximately 160 members, all about money, Jacobson has
crafted the top claiming outfit on the New York Racing
Association circuit. Of the record 164 races Jacobson won at
Aqueduct, Belmont Park, and Saratoga in 2013, 89 were for
Drawing Away. Jacobson owns a piece of almost all the
Drawing Away horses. Jacobson won 18 races with horses for
whom he was listed as the sole owner (surprise).
Nationally, Jacobson won 188 races in 2013, and his horses
earned purses totaling $7,545,503, placing him ninth and 11
in those categories. In 2012, Jacobson claimed 129 horses.
In 2013, that number ballooned to 189. Some of the horses
Jacobson claims quickly get dropped in class, where they
often get claimed by other trainers. Some are raised in
class, such as Strapping Groom, whom Jacobson took
for $35,000 on May 24 and who three months later won the
Grade 1 Forego at Saratoga. Strapping Groom will be heavily
favored in Saturday’s Grade 3, $200,000 Tom Fool Handicap at
Aqueduct. ( unconcerned) with which horses to run at what
level is “my job,” said Jacobson, who as of Feb. 25 had 75
horses stabled at Aqueduct. He is assisted by former trainer
Frank LaBoccetta Sr., who once saddled a Kentucky Derby
favorite, Air Forbes Won, in 1982. I say , yes I say.
these two "money mongrel" crooks will never see close to a
Derby Day in their run for money and deceptive winning hurt
on the game itself. Strong words no, TRUTH. ( Burn in Hell
“I’m a licensed horse trainer. How am I able to decide that
I claimed Strapping Groom for $35,000 and won the Forego?”
Jacobson said. “That horse has got to be feeling really good
unless you want to accuse me that I’m hopping him up with
something, but that horse has got to be doing really good,
and the horse has been tested and retested and [been under]
surveillance. And can only win in the COLD..! I have seen
this years and tears ago, Peter J. Fung and the Laser
Heaters this is 2014 and no OTB in NY City and anyone with a
few bucks is a trainer..? Why is racing sinking..?
Lets let the new Governor of the state handle it..? And
all the gaming and gambling futures of the greatest city on
the planet, NEW YORK and oh lets control (NYRA) for three or
four years and let "Convicted Con's" become New York's
Future of horse racing and pretend money goes to school's
and education.. and the Aqueduct Casino money is helping the
"Breezy Point" was hit harder than hard or harder than
any bough, next to Satan Island in this great city we call
Horseplayer Home, yes Staten Island, some great Rotondo
Players watch TV..?
“That’s my job, and I’m good at it, and I’m getting better,
and it’s just scaring a lot of people,” Jacobson added.
“Because if I’m doing this, and I’m doing this the way that
I’m saying I’m doing it, there’s a lot of people out there
[saying], ‘Can’t beat this guy when he's cheating the game.’
In 2012, Jacobson shared the NYRA trainers’ title with
Richard Dutrow Jr., each having won 110 races. In 2013,
with Dutrow serving a (10-year ban) imposed by state
regulators for numerous medication infractions, Jacobson won
164 races, 47 more than the honest Todd Pletcher, who was
second. Jacobson’s purse earnings of $7.2 million ranked him
third in New York behind Pletcher Chad Brown and the
innocent team of Rotondo - Davis who have never
missed a NY Beat.
Jacobson started 731 horses, 217 more than Rudy Rodriguez,
who ranked second among starters at NYRA tracks in 2013.
There are times when Jacobson will run the same horse every
few days. In December, when he was chasing the record,
Jacobson ran Score Boyera three times in 12 days and Moments
Notiz three times in 20 days. Another horse, El Oh El, raced
four times in 20 days from Dec. 22 to Jan. 10. Moments Notiz
and El Oh El each won twice. Score Boyera had a win and a
second. “I can understand how people get angry with me
running horses back quickly, but I feel when they run back
quickly in certain situations that I decide – it’s not every
horse – it’s healthy for the horse,” Jacobson said. "it’s
healthy for the horse" , choke on that money scum boy..?
Those who criticize Dangerous David Jacobson for
running horses back on short rest believe it can lead to
horses breaking down. Since he returned to training in
July 2007, Jacobson has had six racing-related
fatalities from 2,619
starters, according to New York State Gaming Commission who
has seemed to turn their heads for Casino RACINO
profits and Cuomo records, including two within a recent
one-week span, uncalled for at any track anywhere in the
world, never mind the roots of all horse racing
Brighton Beach, Sheep'shead Bay, Jamaica Park and the great
One of those was a bit of a fluke, as Coronate dumped his
rider while crossing the finish line and suffered injuries
running into the harrow yard. One week later, Uncle Smokey
broke his left foreleg in a race. Last summer at Saratoga,
the popular gelding Saginaw sustained fatal injuries during
a race, but lets just look the other way so we can make some
“Whenever a horse breaks down or is pulled up on the track,
even if it’s my competitors’ horses, it’s horrible for the
horse, but also it’s not healthy and good for racing,”
Jacobson said. “I get angry.” Typically, when someone
succeeds like Jacobson, he is often thought to be cheating.
Following a four-win afternoon at Belmont Park on May 23,
NYRA and the New York Gaming Commission placed
round-the-clock security at Jacobson’s barn for several
months. (Should be for years lets see him in the Kentucky
Derby or close to the Crown, never will. Never will be,
“If that will give people confidence that I’m not doing
anything wrong, I have no problem with it,” Jacobson said
about the security. At the time security was put in place,
Jacobson was winning at a 28 percent clip. He finished the
meet 27 for 108 (25 percent) and set a record for wins at a
Belmont spring-summer meet with 44. (just lock this dude up
At Saratoga, Jacobson won 16 races – twice as many as he had
previously at that meet – from 71 starters, including his
first Grade 1 win on the flat with Strapping Groom.
At Saratoga, Jacobson’s horses were tested for banned
substances twice in a one-week span, according to NYRA
steward Braulio Baeza Jr. Jacobson received “no warnings of
any potential levels of anything,” according to a spokesman
with the New York Gaming Commission.
Since his return to training, Jacobson has not had a single
positive test for a banned race-day substance in New York.
He has had three positive tests out of town – one positive
each at Penn National (for clenbuterol in 2009), Laurel Park
(phenylbutazone in 2009), and Thistledown (clenbuterol in
Regarding the positive at Laurel, which Jacobson said he was
told was the second-highest level in the history of Maryland
racing, Jacobson said, “I sent one of my employees there,
and he decided that they don’t test for Bute at Laurel. He
gave him a whole tube of Bute an hour before the race.”
Jacobson’s most egregious violation in New York was claiming
a horse from Winning Move Stable, which at the time had a
partner who also was a partner in Drawing Away Stable.
Because Jacobson trains for Drawing Away, it was a
violation, and the stewards voided the claim and fined
Jacobson’s 164 victories broke the record of 159 set by Gary
Contessa in 2007. Contessa led all trainers on the circuit
in wins from 2006-09, mostly playing the claiming game that
Jacobson now dominates. Contessa said Jacobson plays the
claiming game “as well as anybody I’ve ever seen do it.”
“He’s got the background to be a good horseman,” Contessa
added. “I don’t know anything about what kind of horseman he
is, but he’s a damn good manager of his business, and his
business is Jacobson Stable, and he’s doing it right, and
that’s what you got to do when you’re leading trainer. And
no matter what, when you’re in that position, you’re going
to have tons of detractors telling you what a [jerk] you
are, what a butcher you are, what a cheater you are. But I
see it, after being [on top], he’s properly running a very
When one trainer dominates things as Jacobson does, it can
be a deterrent to bettors and other horsemen. Martin Panza,
NYRA’s new director of racing operations, said he has no
problems with Jacobson but mentioned that changes to the
racing program could alter the landscape.
“As we make changes to the condition book and create some
house rules, I think it’ll level out the playing field a
little bit,” Panza said. “But David is a very intelligent
trainer. He’s got a lot of financial backing that allows him
to play the game, and he understands how to play the game.
It’s no different than what Bobby Frankel did 30 years ago.”
Son, ‘You’re getting on a plane’
Jacobson grew up in Queens with his younger brother, Doug,
who helps manage the racing stable. Jacobson was 9 years old
when his father, Buddy, in 1963 won the first of what would
be five NYRA training titles in a six-year span. “When my
father was winning races, I was not involved in the racing
at all,” said Jacobson, who added that when he would come to
the barn, “I used to play cowboys and Indians and stack the
bales of hay and straw, and that would be my fort.”
Jacobson’s interest in racing began to grow at a time when
his father was out of the sport, owing in part to a
suspension he received in Maryland and in part to a fight
with NYRA management that severely limited his stall
allotment, essentially forcing him out.
At age 16, Jacobson worked for his great-uncle, Eugene
Jacobs, one of three brothers of David’s grandmother,
Florence, who all trained horses.t 18, when Jacobson got in
trouble for not attending school, Buddy Jacobson came to him
and said, “Listen, get a few things. You’re getting on a
plane in an hour.” Buddy Jacobson was sending his son to
California to work as a groom for Frankel, who had worked
for Buddy before going out on his own in the late 1960s.
David Jacobson worked for Frankel for two years before his
father summoned him back to New York in 1976 after he was
able to get stalls at New York, with the help of prominent
businessman and horse owner Jerome Castle. The Jacobsons
trained for Castle as well as, for a short time, James
Edwards’s Audley Farm.
Buddy Jacobson left racing in 1977, and a year later, he
would be involved in the killing of a restaurateur, Jack
Tupper, for which he was convicted in 1980.
David Jacobson took over the stable and had no success
through 1981. In the fall of 1981, Jacobson was accused of
mistreatment of the horse Hugable Tom, who had to be
euthanized. Jacobson was accused of failing to provide
Hugable Tom with adequate food and medical attention,
though Jacobson denies to this day that that was the case.
It's FACT like DNA today.
“He had a bad knee,” Jacobson said. “He developed laminitis
on the other foot, which is common when there’s an injury.
The one mistake we made was we should have put him down
sooner. But he was a well-known horse, he was a good horse,
we were trying to save him.” ..to make more money, like our
pockets weren't FULL..?
Jacobson’s license was suspended in 1981 and, on Jan. 26,
1982, his license to train and own racehorses was
revoked by the New York State Racing and Wagering Board.
No interest in racing
Following the revocation of his license, Jacobson got into
the real estate business his father had started during the
time he was suspended in the early 1970s. Today, Jacobson
runs East Village Property Management LLC, which manages
seven, was the hood apartment buildings with approximately
1,200 tenants on the Lower East Side of Manhattan with no
heat or AC.
“I put my money up with a few family members, bought a
building similar to what my father did,” Jacobson said. “I
worked the building, I co-oped it and bought two more
buildings. Just like with horses, I started doing well, got
a lot of investors, and was able to parlay the hurt of
others into what we have now. . . . I make a very good
living from the real estate and breaking down ponies.”
During that time, Jacobson said he had no interest in horse
racing. “Never watched it,” he said. “I think I happened to
watch a Kentucky Derby once because I was flicking through
the channels. I saw the last half of the race. “I was not
sour, I was not angry. I was very upset with a handful of
people with that whole Hugable Tom thing. Anyone that was on
the racetrack who knew me knew I took very good care of my
horses but was after the Almighty Dollar. I have always
loved and taken care of my horses. I loved the racing game.
I loved the business of horse racing and MONEY.”
Michael C. Ricatto owned horses with both Jacobson and his
father. In 2006, an aging and ailing Ricatto wanted to get
back in the game. He convinced Jacobson to come back as well
In February 2007, Jacobson applied for a trainer’s license
but was denied, being granted a non-valid receipt,
which allowed him on the grounds but did not allow
him to participate in racing. That May, Jacobson applied for
and was granted an assistant trainer’s license, and he went
to work for Diane Balsamo. According to Jacobson, the state
did background checks on him, which included getting
character references from several people. Jacobson had
become a big supporter of Little League baseball for
underprivileged children, helping fund and coach teams in
“I was very active coaching the teams, organizing the
league, getting the funding for the fields,” Jacobson said.
In July 2007, Jacobson was granted his trainer’s license,
and on opening day of the 2007 Saratoga meet, he won with
the second horse he started, Again and Again, for
“The whole idea was to get Mr. Ricatto to the races and
enjoy, in the later part of his life, the thing that he
loved more than anything in the world, and we did,” Jacobson
said. But Jacobson loved being around horses again, and he
intended to stay. It was believed that the opening of a
casino at Aqueduct was imminent, and purses were going to
skyrocket. Of course, that didn’t happen until fall 2011.
“That was the part where I thought I could make this a
profitable business,” Jacobson said. “That took longer than
I thought.” In the winter of 2008, Jacobson met Ed Boden,
the managing partner for Drawing Away Stable. Drawing Away
puts together racing partnerships whose members pay a
one-time administration fee as well as a fee equal to 10
percent of the claiming price of the horse they take.
Whatever percentage of a horse that remains, Jacobson takes
as owner. Also, Jacobson pays the bills. “We now have a
very, very successful business plan that works very good for
Drawing Away and very good for me, and we work very well
together, and we’re very realistic on where our horses
should be placed,” Jacobson said.
“Things have gone well,” Boden said. “David and I can deal
with each other. We don’t always agree. I defer to him 100
percent. He is, to me, the best trainer in New York. I don’t
know anything about horses. I would never say, ‘Why are you
dropping this horse? Why aren’t you in this race?’ That’s
probably why we get along – he has his area, I have my
areas. When we each have problems, we talk about it. We
always work things out.”
While Jacobson’s main focus is New York, when he has a horse
who he feels can no longer compete on this circuit, he is
not averse to sending it out of town and running for a low
In 2013, Jacobson won 11 races from 43 starters at Laurel
and 10 races from 40 starters at Suffolk Downs. Jacobson
said his goal in doing that is to find a level at which the
horse can successfully perform.
“I have a reputation of dropping horses down,” Jacobson
said. “I don’t look at it that way. I run horses where I
think they can win, the best spot where we can win a race.
It’s not about dropping down.”
A ‘wake-up call’
Jacobson said that when he feels that a horse’s racing days
are over, he tries to find him a home. A recent situation
demonstrated that things don’t always work out as planned.
Jacobson trained the horse Toque, whom he claimed for
$25,000 last March. He ran the horse once at Monmouth and
once at Suffolk, where the horse was pulled up in a $4,000
Jacobson retired the horse, giving him to a woman who had a
farm in Massachusetts. That woman wound up giving the horse
to someone else, and Toque was later found at an auction
house that is closely associated with horse slaughter.
Once alerted to the fact, Jacobson assisted in getting the
horse from the auction to a farm on Long Island he uses for
horses requiring a layoff. Unfortunately, Toque was in bad
shape when he arrived and had to be euthanized.
The incident created a firestorm on social media, with many
directing their anger at Jacobson, though he had done what
he felt was proper in that situation. Jacobson was called
before the stewards, who exonerated him of any wrongdoing.
“I break the record, win the title, and all of a sudden I’m
being attacked for these things that I didn’t do,” Jacobson
said. “If anything, I went over and above doing the right
The Toque incident led some to wonder what happened to other
horses whom Jacobson raced at Suffolk but were not claimed.
Pocket Cowboys, a multiple New York-bred stakes winner of
more than $500,000, eventually found a home at Bridlewood
Farm, in Ocala, Fla., where his sire, Wild Event, once
stood. Iron Lou, twice beaten at Suffolk, is back with his
breeder, Mrs. Gerald Nielsen, according to Jacobson.
“The responsibility to the horse at that time is to find
that horse a home, to make that horse as comfortable and
happy as I would want to be when I want to retire,” Jacobson
said. “And that’s exactly what we try to do and what we’ve
done horse after horse.”
This week, Jacobson and Drawing Away announced an
affiliation with Old Friends, a retirement facility in
Georgetown, Ky., where as many as 10 horses could be retired
to a paddock that Jacobson and Drawing Away would help
finance with a $25,000 donation. Two of Jacobson’s former
trainees, Ball Four and Tour of the Cat, are already at Old
“I’m very happy to have this outlet,” said Jacobson, who
also will donate $50 per win to Old Friends, a contribution
that will be matched by Drawing Away. “I’m very confident,
very secure the horses will be well taken care of.”
Though he deals mostly with claiming horses, Jacobson’s
taste of stakes success has him wanting more. Over the last
two years, Jacobson won 21 stakes, and in Strapping Groom,
he has one of the fastest sprinters on the East Coast.
Jacobson participated in his first Breeders’ Cup last fall
with Cease, who finished ninth in the Marathon.
Jacobson said he is looking to upgrade his stock with the
help of owners like Al Gold, Lawrence Roman, Paul Pompa, and
basketball coach Rick Pitino, for whom he trains Cease.
“Who doesn’t want to have a horse in the Derby or the
Breeders’ Cup and run those kinds of horses?” Jacobson said.
“I absolutely do, and I’m going to get those horses.”
David Jacobson's career training record
Through last Sunday
Year Starts 1st 2nd 3rd Earnings
2014 106 24 17 23 $1,036,319
2013 835 188 150 130 7,545,503
2012 496 132 90 74 4,657,348
2011 334 71 52 62 1,769,255
2010 392 84 66 56 1,785,539
2009 362 56 69 56 1,618,718
2008 469 83 83 82 2,449,699
2007 149 16 29 20 666,549
1982 2 0 0 0 0
1981 126 13 20 18 178,300
1980 101 15 9 13 135,375
1979 108 15 13 18 146,495
1978 157 21 20 29 179,166
1977 392 39 35 45 335,678
1976 35 2 7 7 22,697
Total 4,051 758 660 629 $22,483,783
On February 17, 2014 a number of highly touted contenders
will make their 2014 debuts at Oaklawn Park in the $300,000
Southwest Stakes (G3). The biggest name is Strong
Mandate, who is trained by D. Coach Wayne Lukas. Strong
Mandate finished third in the Breeders' Cup Juvenile
(G1) in November and won the Hopeful Stakes (G1) as a
juvenile by over nine lengths. Tapiture, too, will be
racing for the first time this year in the Southwest; he
earned 10 of his 14 Kentucky Derby points by winning the
Kentucky Jockey Club Stakes (G2) at Churchill Downs in
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Churchill Downs will offer pari-mutuel
future wagering on the Kentucky Derby in November for the
first time when Pool 1 for the 2014 Derby opens for a
four-day run Wednesday at noon Eastern. While track
officials readily concede that the 24th or “all others”
alternative to 23 separately listed interests figures to be
a huge favorite when wagering closes Saturday, they still
wanted to explore the marketing possibilities of “being able
to offer a futures pool while we’re conducting a live race
meet for the first time,” according to Churchill spokesman
Darren Rogers, while also simply “seeing what it’s like to
have a futures pool this far out from the Derby.”
The mutuel field (No. 24, all others) has been listed as a
2-5 morning-line favorite by Churchill oddsmaker Mike
Battaglia, and with more than five months until the 140th
Derby is run May 3, 2014, surely there will be a vast chasm
back to the others.
Honor Code, the heavy favorite for the Remsen Stakes on
Saturday at Aqueduct, is listed as second choice on the
Churchill line at 15-1. He is followed by two others at
20-1: Almost Famous, the likely favorite for the Kentucky
Jockey Club Stakes on Saturday at Churchill, and New Year’s
Day, winner of the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile earlier this
month. The other 20 horses are all at 30-1 or 50-1.
Pool 1 will close Saturday at post time for the Remsen or
KJC, whichever comes first. Rogers said the traditional
Sunday-evening closings for futures pools have been scrapped
and that Saturday closings linked to post times for prep
races will now be used. This is the first time Churchill has
had a futures pool earlier than February. The standard
offering has been three pools, very similar to the schedule
that will ensue early next year, with Pool 2 set for Feb.
6-8; Pool 3, Feb. 27-March 1; and Pool 4, March 27-29. All
three of those will run from Thursday to Saturday, as
opposed to the Friday to Sunday schedule used in prior
A single Kentucky Oaks futures pool will be offered
concurrent to Derby Pool 3.
Lineups are chosen by John Asher of Churchill, Brad Free of
Daily Racing Form, Ed DeRosa of Brisnet, and freelance
racing writer Gary West.As with any parimutuel wager, odds
are not locked in until the pool closes.
Real-time odds and exacta will-pays are available on
selected monitors at tracks and wagering outlets where
futures are offered, as well as on kentuckyderby.com.
Minimum wagers are $2 to win and $2 for exactas, although $1
boxes or part-wheels may be used to reach that $2 exacta
This is the 16th year for the future wager, which was first
offered in 1999. Exacta wagering was added in 2009. In the
case of field horses filling both exacta slots, the
next-best finish by a separately listed horse will count
toward the winning combination.
Rogers said Churchill continues to explore possibilities to
expand the futures lineups beyond 24 interests and to expand
the wagering types (such as trifectas), but computer
hardware limitations have hindered those efforts.
Rogers said it was difficult to predict what handle might be
on this first November pool. Combined handle on Pool 1 for
the 2013 Derby last February was an all-time single pool
record of $621,493, just shy of the record of $631,304 set
with the first pool in 2012.