From Claimer to Grade I to Retirement: Catching Up with Mabou

Photos courtesy of Nicole Sottilo

Photos courtesy of Nicole Sottilo

Four years ago August 4, David Jacobson claimed a horse at Saratoga.

Nothing terribly unusual about that, nor about the fact that Jacobson ran the horse, who had finished fifth, back 21 days later, nor that the trainer bumped the bay gelding way up in class for that next start, nor that Jacobson won with the horse, first off the claim.

But Jacobson himself might have been among the very few not surprised that the win came in a Grade 1 over hurdles.

When the anniversary of that win comes along on August 25, Mabou will be far from the site of his greatest victory, grazing on a Long Island farm and being doted on by his new owner, Nicole Sottilo.

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