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Saginaw: His Legacy Lives On

Saginaw 615 X 400
Photo: NYRA / Adam Coglianese

 

Legacy is a word all athlete’s face at one point in their career.  How does one want to be remembered? What will one’s legacy be? Will you be remembered for one shining moment or will you be remembered for a career full of highlights? Will you be remembered for the way you played the game, or how you handled yourself outside of the sport?

 

When thinking of legacy in terms of horse racing very few equine stars impact the sport off the track. There are the select few that transcend the sport, such as Zenyatta, Secretariat, and Seabiscuit.  As Saratoga kicked off opening weekend I couldn't help but remember one of those stars, the beloved New York bred superstar Saginaw.

 

Saginaw lacked the royal pedigree of most champions, he didn't appear to be an intimidating gelding, but he showed something that intrigued trainer David Jacobson and Drawing Away Stable. He showed the will to win. On March 8th, 2012 at Aqueduct Race Track, Jacobson and Drawing Away Stable dropped the claim on Saginaw for a bargain price of $30,000. Saginaw would go on to win the race by 13 ¼ lengths, but his legacy was just beginning.

 

Saginaw went on to win 14 out of 18 starts for Drawing Away and Jacobson, including wins in back to back years in the John Morrissey stakes at historic Saratoga Race Course. Saginaw tied for most wins in the United States in 2012. He even made a start in the 2012, grade 1 Met Mile. All of Saginaw’s accomplishments on the track speak for themselves, but it’s the relationships and love for this horse that transcends success. Drawing Away Stable embraced their star and the personalities and passion for the sport by the people in Drawing Away resonated with the fans. The blue collar claiming stable, that turned a solid claimer into the 2012 New York Bred Older Male Champion, was something that everyone in the sport could appreciate.

 

As we know, not all stories end in “happily ever after.” On August 30th, 2013 the dream turned into a nightmare for Jacobson and Drawing Away Stable, when their champion gelding broke down in a Starter Handicap at Saratoga Race Course. With broken hearts and tear filled eyes Drawing Away Stable mourned the death of the barn’s star, but they vowed to make sure that even in tragedy, Saginaw would show his heart and impact the sport forever. 

 

Through the fall and winter of 2013, Jacobson and Drawing Away were in talks with Old Friends' founder Michael Blowen on how the two could partner together in bettering the sport and ensure sure the safe retirement for Drawing Away horses, and all horses in the sport.  In February 2014, Drawing Away and David Jacobson donated $25,000 to build a paddock that would give the appropriate retirement for the horses that gave so much to Drawing Away and Jacobson. The “Saginaw Paddock” was born.

 

Drawing Away and Jacobson didn’t stop at just the initial donation they vowed to donate $200.00 to Old Friends for every win by Drawing Away Stable’s horses. Managing Partners for Drawing Away Stable, Robert Hachemeister Jr. and Sandy Levine said “It’s a unique idea for horse racing, we love all the horses in our barn and we want to ensure the safe care and well-being of the horse after their racing careers are over. In essence these horses run for each other and themselves.”

 

On May 23rd, 2014 a group from Drawing Away Stables that included managing partner’s Ed Boden, Robert Hachemeister, Robert Markus,and Sandy Levine, along with Drawing Away member and photographer Eddie Robins made the trip to Lexington, Kentucky to visit the Saginaw Paddock and spend the morning with Old Friend’s owner Michael Blowen. The day was filled with wonderful memories and meeting legends. The team of Drawing Away and Old Friends grew stronger as did the future of many of our equine stars.

 

(Photo Courtesy of Eddie Robins)

  

Saginaw’s legacy will be remembered by some for his talent and achievements on the racetrack. His star shined bright and his heart radiated to all who came in contact with him, but his real legacy will be for what he did for the sport and what his ownership and trainer ensured would live on, even through death, with the Saginaw Paddock at Old Friends Retirement Facility.

 

  

Saginaw, Forever a Legend!


 

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My journey into the sport of kings has been different than most. I do not boast a royal pedigree, and in fact, before my interest in horse racing, my family thought the Kentucky Derby was the only race of the year! I'm the son of a minor league baseball player and a homemaker, which doesn't exactly scream grade I winner.


My passion for the sport started about 8 years ago.I was watching as Funny Cide was making his triple crown run. The “Gutsy Gelding” had my eyes glued to the television with each of his triple crown races. After watching Funny Cide on TV. I decided to make a trip down to our local track, Indiana Downs.This would be an experience that would change my life.

I looked over the program, while having no idea what I was doing,I decided to put my 5 dollars on a horse named Apollonea. As the gates broke and the announcer began his race call, I heard the words Apollonea to the lead. My excitement grew as I watched my horse lead all the way around the track, eventually drawing to win by an easy five lengths. Apollonea paid 58.00 to win, I was hooked from that point on.

For the past 8 years my life has been horse racing.  I've tried to educate myself on every aspect of the sport and learn about it's past. The incredible run of the Super Filly Rachel Alexandra would also change my life. It was my intense passion and love for Rachel that would bring me to meet some of the greatest  people in the world. I owe a lot to Rachel and this sport for introducing me to such wonderful people.


I want this blog to show that Indiana Racing stacks up with any track, anywhere! It will also show what great value can be found in Indiana for the bettors, and not to mention, the incredible purses for the owners and trainers.