TED JACOBS is a busy horseman, but lately he seems to have less spare time than ever.
The 37-year-old veteran owner-trainer-driver races at a different track almost every night.
He's either at Buffalo Raceway, Greenwood in Toronto, or occasionally at Flamboro Downs near Hamilton.
Friday night, he won the second race at Hamburg with a 3-year-old filly named Ruffler in 2:04 2/5 . But his trotter in the ninth, Zanzibar Hanover, made a break in stride and finished last.
Jacobs arrived at his farm home in Fenwick, Ont., past midnight, then got up early to drive to Toronto where he finished sixth with Binding Contract in a $12,000 co-feature Saturday afternoon at Greenwood. Then he drove back to Hamburg to drive a 3-year-old Niatross colt, I'm Not Here, in a late race Saturday night.
"You have to take the horse where he fits the conditions," said Jacobs, a hard worker who stables most of his horses at his farm, and ships in. At one time, he had a stable of 80, but he has cut it down to about 40 to 50 the last few years.
While he's racing only a few at Hamburg's winter meet, he has had many great ones over the years. One of his best was Which Way, a filly who won the John Chapman Memorial at Yonkers, then was sold for $150,000.
He had Miss Emily Hanover (1985) and Ima Bright Boy (1981), both Reynolds Stakes division winners at Hamburg, and two great fillies, Spring Dream and Nukes Emerald.
Dorunrun wins Haughton
Dorunrun Bluegrass was voted Yonkers Raceway's Horse of the Year after winning the $200,000 final of the William Haughton Memorial Series in 1:55, with Herve Filion driving. . . . Also at Yonkers, North Tonawanda's Ray Schnittker won a $25,000 open handicap pace with Covert Action in 1:56 1/5 .
Artsplace honored by USTA
The U.S. Trotting Association voted Artsplace its Horse of the Month after four wins in November. Among his season's tally of 11 wins and three second-place finishes in 15 starts was a victory in the $605,000 Breeders Crown 2-year-old colt pace at Pompano Park, Fla. Driven by John Campbell, Artsplace set a world record of 1:51 1/5 for freshman colt pacers on any-size track. Artsplace bettered the previous record of 1:51 2/5 set by Miss Easy at Lexington, Ky., two months ago. Campbell also drove Miss Easy to a 1:54 win in the $514,870 Breeders Crown 2-year-old filly pace. Miss Easy earned $1.1 million, the first freshman filly pacer to hit the million mark. . . . In the 2-year-old trotting events, Crysta's Best, with Dick Richardson driving, defeated Carry the Money and Somatic in 2:01 to win the $355,403 colt division. Jean Bi, with Jan Nordin driving, won the $367,413 filly division in 2:00 3/5 , defeating Santo Royal and Loosen Up. . . . Also at Pompano, Thunder's Image, owned and trained by Lester Vance of East Aurora, won a $7,000 pace in 1:55 2/5 , then finished third to Hearty Welcome's 1:55 1/5 in the $12,000 invitational the following week.
Two simulcasts at Downs
Batavia Downs is taking Aqueduct simulcasts for the first time (all six racing afternoons, 12:30 post time) and also is simulcasting Buffalo Raceway's current four-night programs. There is no parking or admission charge at either simulcast at the Downs.
WNY horses honored
The Western New York Harness Horsemen's Association has honored three pacers and three trotters voted the best in class during the Buffalo Raceway and Batavia Downs seasons. The winners: Pacers -- aged: Driving On (1:56 4/5 ), owned by the Pauper Stable, Mike Grieco Jr., trainer; 3-year-old: A Little Mime (2:01 4/5 ), Emily and Lisa Ann Newell, Veronica Dylo, trainer; claimer: Telecide (2:02 3/5 ), Kathleen Willis, John Leggio, trainer; Trotters -- aged: Handsome Boy (2:00 2/5 ), estate of George Bierworth, Lisa Lederhouse, trainer; 3-year-old: Taylor T Collins (1:58 4/5 ), Kathleen and Joseph Beckerman, Brian Schroeder, trainer; claimer -- Terrahill Glory (2:04 2/5 ), Daniel Guindon, owner-trainer.
Beach Towel joins Niatross
Beach Towel (18-4-0 in 23 starts), the first harness horse to win more than $2 million in one season ($2,091,860), was retired to Walnridge Farm in New Jersey, where Niatross also stands at stud. . . . Donnie Graham led both the Universal Driver Rating System drivers (.439) and USRS trainers (.431) for November at Flamboro Downs.