Photo: NYRA / Adam Coglianese
Maybe I’m just biased since Strapping Groom kept me alive in the
head-to-head handicapping tournament I’m participating in, but there’s
something to be said about the dynamic pairing of Drawing Away Stables and trainer David Jacobson. Of course, these
days I’m not the only one singing the praises of DAS and Jacobson. If social
media is any indication, and we all know it is, then this particular betting
angle is getting more and more attention. Just ask Ryan, Susan, and Darlene,
who all played the same angle and handily scored some major points.
Not all the attention Jacobson has been getting
has been positive. Within the last month, the New York State Gaming Commission
and the New York Racing Association teamed up to place David Jacobson’s barn under 24-hour surveillance and blood tests
were taken for all the horses he had stabled at Aqueduct. With the unfortunate
slew of drug violations that have been prevalent and squarely in the spotlight
recently, any hot streak is being viewed suspiciously, with or without just
cause. For Jacobson, who has not had any medication violations listed in the
NYSGC’s database that goes back to 2007, his recent success has everything to
do with smart claims and good training and nothing to do with drug violations.
Today, Drawing Away Stables and David Jacobson
sent out three starters, all recent claims. Yo Blue kicked things off with a strong 2nd place finish
in the 3rd race at Belmont despite getting bumped in the stretch
drive. Today’s race was the 2nd in the orange and blue colors of DAS
for the 3-year old gelded son of Johannesburg; last out he gave a gutsy
wire-to-wire performance to just outlast the second place finisher by a neck.
Delightful Dawn and Strapping Groom both turned in first out wins off the claim
for Jacobson and DAS in back-to-back races toward the end of today's card at Belmont. With David Cohen in the irons, Delightful Dawn took the 7th
race by a neck, swinging out wide for the stretch drive and having a clear
advantage before digging in to keep the win at the wire. One race later, Strapping Groom shot to the front and
led the field all the way around in the Lion Cavern Stakes, increasing his
advantage in the stretch to hit the wire a winner by 3 ½ lengths.
So far this year, Drawing Away Stables and David
Jacobson (as owners) have teamed up to win 34 races from 139 starts, and have
an additional 29 second place finishes and 28 third place finishes. With the
mighty Saginaw racking up wins right
and left and a team of savvy horsemen calling the shots, racing officials
across New York might as well go ahead and set up chairs in the winners circles
reserved specifically for the DAS team because they are going to be spending an
awful lot of time there if their recent hot streak holds.