Jacobson sets new season record
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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 (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 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.”

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.

“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.”

Alvarado to miss 3 months

Jockey Junior Alvarado will undergo surgery on Thursday to repair a broken left ankle and will be out for approximately three months, agent, Mike Selitto said Monday.

Alvarado sustained the injury prior to the running of the $100,000 East View Stakes at Aqueduct Racetrack on Sunday, when his mount, Miss Narcissist, flipped in the gate and unseated the rider.

Alvarado was taken by ambulance to North Shore University Hospital for X-rays and was discharged that evening to see his personal physician.

Selitto said Alvarado would await the surgery at home.

Alvarado, 27, currently is fifth in the jockey standings for the Aqueduct inner-track meet with six victories.

For the year, he has 188 wins for $12,338,908 on The New York Racing Association circuit, including 30 stakes victories, among them the Grade 1 Forego with Strapping Groom and the Grade 1 Cigar Mile Handicap aboard Flat Out.

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