Jacob Pincus’ training career encompassed the latter half of the 19th century. He is best known for conditioning the first American-bred to win the Epsom Derby in England.
Pincus, who was born in Baltimore in 1833, worked as a jockey at southern tracks until increasing weight forced his retirement. He then turned to training and opened a public stable in 1861.
Pincus made his mark as a trainer for the leading owners of his day. At various times he had horses for R.A. Alexander, August Belmont, Pierre Lorillard, and James R. Keene. Pincus’ best horses included Glenelg, winner of the 1869 Travers Stakes and runner-up in that year’s Belmont Stakes, and Richmond, winner of the 1865 Jersey Derby. Pincus was the leading trainer in America in 1869.
In 1881, Lorillard sent Pincus to England, where he trained Iroquois, the first American-bred to win the prestigious Epsom Derby. That year, Pincus trained Iroquois to seven wins in nine starts, including the St. Leger Stakes.
Pincus later worked as a starter at Jerome Park. He died in 1918.
Jacob Pincus was inducted into the National Museum of Racing’s Hall of Fame in 1988.