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Ethel D. Jacobs

Ethel Jacobs
Born March 18, 1910
Yonkers, New York
United States
Died November 9, 2001
Miami Beach, Florida
United States
Resting place Gate of Heaven Cemetery, Valhalla, New York
Residence Forest Hills, New York &
Bal Harbour, Florida
Occupation Thoroughbred racehorse owner/breeder
Religion Roman Catholic
Spouse(s) Hirsch Jacobs
Children John William
Thomas E.W.

Ethel D. Jacobs (March 18, 1910 - November 9, 2001) was a prominent American Thoroughbred racehorse owner/breeder who was a three-time leading owner in North America.

Married to U.S. Racing Hall of Fame trainer, Hirsch Jacobs, Ethel Jacobs' racing silks were salmon pink and green. She and her husband owned Stymie Manor, a horse breeding operation in Sparks, Maryland. She owned and raced a number of successful horses trained by her husband and her son. Ethel Jacobs was the leading owner in North America in 1936, 1937, and again in 1943. Among her notable horses were:

  • Stymie - 1975 United States' Racing Hall of Fame, retired as the world's leading money-earner
  • Searching - 1978 United States' Racing Hall of Fame

A racing family

The Jacobs' son, John, trained horses including Personality and High Echelon. Son Thomas also bred horses and daughter, Patrice, married Louis Wolfson. They owned Hail To Reason and the 1978 U.S. Triple Crown champion, Affirmed.

Ethel and Hirsch Jacobs maintained homes in Forest Hills, Queens, and Bal Harbour, Florida.[1] She died in 2001 of pneumonia at Mt. Sinai Hospital in Miami Beach at age 91 and was buried in the Gate of Heaven Cemetery, Valhalla, New York.


  1. via Associated Press. "Hirsh Jacobs Absolved in Hores Doping Case: New York Racing Commission Probe Finds Trainer and Help Blameless", Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, April 2, 1961. Accessed June 18, 2009. Trainer Hirsh Jacobs, who exactly one year ago saddled his 3,000th winner for a world record, was absolved of blame today in the stimulation of a filly owned by his wife, Mrs. Ethel D. Jacobs of Forest Hills, N. Y."



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