Jacobson breaks NYRA record for single-year victories
By Jenny Kellner
Winner #160 - Tiz Gianni
PHOTO/Adam Coglianese/Chelsea Durand
OZONE PARK, N.Y. - Trainer David Jacobson won the seventh race at Aqueduct Racetrack on Friday afternoon to set a single-year record for victories on The New York Racing Association, Inc. (NYRA) circuit with 160.
After winning three races on Thursday to tie Gary Contessa's 2007 mark, Jacobson broke the record with favored Tiz Gianni ($4.40), ridden by Jacobson regular David Cohen and co-owned by Jacobson and Drawing Away Stable. Jacobson, a 59-year-old native of New York, has already wrapped up his second straight training title on the NYRA circuit, having tied for first in 2012 with 110 victories.
"It's something very special," said Jacobson of setting the record. "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."
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, all trained by Jacobson.
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 the Big A in the spring of 2011, and saddled his first Grade 1 winner that year when Mabou took the New York Turf Writers' Cup at Saratoga. Jacobson added a second Grade 1 victory this year when Strapping Groom won the Forego, also 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," said Jacobson. "Hopefully, we'll keep this going for a long time and break the record next year."