Born in New York City on April 8, 1904, Hirsch Jacobs achieved success as a trainer, owner, and breeder of Thoroughbreds.
Jacobs was the nation’s leading trainer by number of victories 11 times (1933-1939 and 1941-1944), the leading money-winning trainer three times (1946, 1960, and 1965), and the leading money-winning breeder four times (1964-1967). He won 3,596 races as a trainer, 3,513 as a breeder and 2,947 as an owner.
In 1943, Jacobs claimed future Hall of Famer Stymie for $1,500. By the time he retired six years later, Stymie won 35 times, was in the money 98 times in 131 starts and was the sport’s all-time leading money winner.
Notable races won by Jacobs included the Whitney Handicap, Metropolitan Handicap (2), Massachusetts Handicap (2), Jersey Derby (2), Acorn Stakes, Brooklyn Handicap, Wood Memorial, Vagrancy Handicap (2), Diana Handicap (2), Hopeful Stakes, Derby Trial Stakes (2), Vosburgh Stakes, Frizette Stakes (2), Belmont Futurity Stakes (2), Gotham Stakes, and Delaware Handicap.
Hirsch Jacobs was inducted into the National Museum of Racing’s Hall of Fame in 1958.
Mr. and Mrs. Jacobs celebrate Stymie's victory in the Empire City Gold Cup, McCreary up