Ja­cob­son goes back to well

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OZONE PARK, N.Y. – David Ja­cob­son’s three-win af­ter­noon Sun­day at Aqueduct was rem­i­nis­cent of a time not too long ago when that was not an un­com­mon oc­cur­rence.

Ja­cob­son was the lead­ing trainer on the New York Rac­ing As­so­ci­a­tion cir­cuit from 2012-14 in large part due to his as­so­ci­a­tion with Draw­ing Away Sta­ble, a part­ner­ship that dealt with a large vol­ume of horses with a high turnover of stock. The Ja­cob­son-Draw­ing Away busi­ness re­la­tion­ship ended in spring 2015.

Since then, Ja­cob­son has tried to re­vive the Draw­ing Away busi­ness model with a new out­fit, Fi­nal Turn Rac­ing Sta­bles, headed by man­ag­ing part­ner James Costa­bile Jr. Ja­cob­son met Costa­bile through Costa­bile’s un­cle Tony, who runs a horse trans­porta­tion ser­vice.

The Fi­nal Turn busi­ness model is sim­i­lar to that of Draw­ing Away. In­vestors in the part­ner­ship make a one-time pay­ment and get a cer­tain per­cent­age of each horse. Ja­cob­son, who is also an in­vestor in each horse, gets a larger per­cent­age of the purse win­nings, which he uses to pay for the horse’s care.

“It’s a great model, it’s fun,” Ja­cob­son said. “It’s a way to get more peo­ple in­volved in the game. By us pay­ing the ex­penses on the horse, that takes away a lot of the ex­po­sure. It’s a one-time in­vest­ment – that’s your ex­po­sure. If you put up $5,000, that’s it. It’s not $5,000 and then I’m call­ing up ev­ery month.”

Costa­bile said he and his part­ners like that Ja­cob­son has “mul­ti­ple vested in­ter­ests” in each horse. “We love the fact David’s open and will­ing to come in,” Costa­bile added.

One of the dif­fer­ences be­tween Draw­ing Away and Fi­nal Turn is that Costa­bile and Ja­cob­son will com­bine to match the in­vest­ments made by the other part­ners. If they col­lect $50,000 from in­vestors, Costa­bile and Ja­cob­son will com­bine to put up an­other $50,000.

“We’ve got a larger set of cap­i­tal to work with,” said Costa­bile, 36, whose pri­mary busi­ness is as a pri­vate wealth ad­viser with In­tel­lec­tual Cap­i­tal Group.

Costa­bile said that Fi­nal Turn is also a sup­porter of the Ron­ald McDon­ald House char­ity for fam­i­lies with sick chil­dren. Costa­bile and Ja­cob­son plan to do­nate a per­cent­age of the sta­ble’s win­nings to the or­ga­ni­za­tion, and they also hold a 200-per­son fundraiser for it.

The Fi­nal Turn-Ja­cob­son part­ner­ship ac­tu­ally be­gan in 2015, but it slowed in 2016. In the first year, Fi­nal Turn and Ja­cob­son claimed Joe Franklin for $50,000. Af­ter win­ning two al­lowance races with him, they ran Joe Franklin in the Breed­ers’ Cup Turf Sprint, where he fin­ished 11th. Joe Franklin most re­cently ran for $16,000 with trainer Jorge Navarro but is back with Ja­cob­son.

From Nov. 4 through Jan. 15, Ja­cob­son has claimed at least nine horses for Fi­nal Turn. Six of them have since been claimed from them, in­clud­ing Po­lice Es­cort, who won last Satur­day at Aqueduct. Two have not yet run back. Jet Majesty, claimed for $40,000 in De­cem­ber, ran third in the Ladies Hand­i­cap on Jan. 7 and is nom­i­nated to Satur­day’s $100,000 Broad­way Stakes.

One of Fi­nal Turn’s bet­ter claims has been Eighty Three. Taken for $40,000 in Au­gust 2015, Eighty Three has a record of 3-4-2 from 10 starts since then, with earn­ings of $177,850. The 6-year-old geld­ing has not run since fin­ish­ing fourth in the Grade 2 Smile Sprint Stakes last July at Gulf­stream Park but is en­tered in an op­tion­al­claim­ing race here Fri­day.

Ja­cob­son and Costa­bile both said they have been look­ing to do more claim­ing. They have lost shakes on a few claims re­cently, and as the win­ter wears on, good prospects have been more dif­fi­cult to find.

“Hope­fully, we’ll be in full swing once we get into the spring at Bel­mont and Saratoga,” Ja­cob­son said.

Cloud Com­put­ing im­presses

It’s been a rel­a­tively quiet win­ter in New York for trainer Chad Brown, with his sta­ble hav­ing made just 15 starts and win­ning five races since Dec. 7. Last Satur­day, how­ever, Brown’s barn made some noise by send­ing out Cloud Com­put­ing to a good-look­ing maiden vic­tory in a six-fur­long race at Aqueduct.

Cloud Com­put­ing, a son of Ma­clean’s Mu­sic, was away last in a field of five and raced along the rail for nearly a halfmile be­fore be­ing tipped wide ap­proach­ing the top of the stretch. He raced a tad greenly in up­per stretch be­fore lev­el­ing off and fin­ish­ing well to win by 1 3/4 lengths. He cov­ered six fur­longs in 1:11.31 and earned an 83 Beyer Speed Fig­ure.

“He ran ter­rific,” Brown said by phone from Florida. “The horse had been train­ing very well. He was al­ways one we were high on, just got started a bit late. He’s cer­tainly a horse with a fu­ture.”

Though Ma­clean’s Mu­sic was a sprinter, Cloud Com­put­ing’s dam, Quick Tem­per, by A.P. Indy, did win at 1 1/8 miles. Brown said Cloud Com­put­ing will be given a chance to stretch out next time in a race to be de­ter­mined.

“He’s a tall, leggy, good­mov­ing horse who acts like he wants to go fur­ther,” Brown said. “We’re ex­cited to stretch this horse out ul­ti­mately and see how far he wants to go.”

◗ There were two rac­in­gre­lated fa­tal­i­ties Sun­day at Aqueduct. Frat Star, a 4-yearold colt, and Reg­u­lus, an 8-yearold geld­ing, were eu­th­a­nized on the track af­ter in­ci­dents in back-to-back races over a sealed, sloppy in­ner track.

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