Trainer David Jacobson broke the record for wins during a
Park spring/summer meet when Abra captured Sunday’s sixth race.
With Abra’s victory, Jacobson has won 41 races during the 56-day
spring/summer meet, which began April 26 and ends on July 14. Trainer
Todd Pletcher won 40 races in
“It’s very rewarding,” said Jacobson. “What more can I say? I’m
very fortunate to be here and have my horses run as well as they are.
It’s an honor to be mentioned in
the same breath as Todd Pletcher. This isn’t supposed to happen - we’re
a claiming outfit, mostly, so we’re supposed to do well at Aqueduct,
Belmont during the spring and summer. But this gives our whole outfit momentum going into
Jacobson, a son of trainer Howard “Buddy” Jacobson, trained from
1976-1982 and returned to the sport in 2007. He has won six NYRA meet
titles and finished 2012 tied
atop the leader board with 110 wins at Aqueduct Racetrack,
Belmont Park, and Saratoga Race Course.
“It’s been all about putting the whole package together; it’s
not any one thing,” said Jacobson. “I have my brother [Doug] working
with me, and he has been claiming
good horses every day. I have the best owners anybody can have who
allow me to run my horses where I believe they should run and win. I’m
fortunate enough to have riders like David Cohen, Joel Rosario, and the
other really good jockeys ride for me, and they
ride hard. And my staff is the key, Paul Wilson, Frank LaBoccetta, the
list goes on.”
In 2007, Gary Contessa came close to matching Pletcher when he
sent out 39 winners during the spring/summer meet. Prior to 2003, the
previous record was 36 winners,
set in 1982 by Frank “Pancho” Martin.