Hirsch Jacobs

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Hirsch Jacobs
Occupation Trainer / Breeder
Born April 8, 1904
New York City, United States United States
Died February 13, 1970
Career wins 3,596 (as a trainer)
Major racing wins
Whitney Handicap (1946)
Metropolitan Handicap (1947, 1948)
Massachusetts Handicap (1947, 1958)
Empire City Handicap (1949)
Jersey Derby (1949, 1952)
Acorn Stakes (1951)
Brooklyn Handicap (1951)
Pimlico Special (1957)
Wood Memorial Stakes (1965)
Vagrancy Handicap (1955, 1965)
Diana Handicap (1956, 1958)
Hopeful Stakes (1960)
Arcadia Handicap (1962)
Derby Trial Stakes (1963, 1966)
Vosburgh Stakes (1964)
Frizette Stakes (1965, 1966)
Belmont Futurity Stakes (1965, 1969)
Gotham Stakes (1965)
Santa Catalina Stakes (1966)
Delaware Handicap (1967)
Racing awards
U.S. Champion Trainer by wins
(1933-1939, 1941-1944)
U.S. Champion Trainer by earnings
(1946, 1960, 1965)
U.S. leading money-winning breeder (1964-1967)
National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame (1958)
International Jewish Sports Hall of Fame (1979)
Hirsch Jacobs Stakes at Pimlico Race Course
Significant horses
Affectionately, Flag Raiser, Hail To Reason, Palestinian, Searching, Stymie

Hirsch Jacobs (April 8, 1904 – February 13, 1970) was an American thoroughbred horse trainer and owner.

Jacobs was the leading race-winning trainer in the United States 1933-39, 1941–44, the U.S. leading money-winning trainer, 1946, 1960, 1965, and the U.S. leading money-winning breeder, 1964-67. During his career, he saddled 3,596 winners.

In 1958, Hirsch Jacobs was inducted into the National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame.

Hirsch Jacobs and his wife Ethel owned a number of horses which were raced under her name. In 1970, the Jacobs family won two of the U.S. Triple Crown races, capturing the Preakness and Belmont Stakes. They won the Preakness with Personality, who earned American Horse of the Year honors, and the Belmont with High Echelon. Both horses were owned by Ethel Jacobs and trained by their son, John. Their daughter, Patrice, became involved in the sport. She married Louis Wolfson and their Harbor View Farm owned and bred the 1978 American Triple Crown champion, Affirmed.

Hirsch Jacobs sister was Irene Robins. He died in 1970 in Miami Beach, Florida. He had lived with his wife in Forest Hills, Queens.[1]

The tombstone of Hirsch and Ethel Jacobs in Gate of Heaven Cemetery