|Owner||Ethel D. Jacobs|
Hirsch Jacobs (1969)|
John W. Jacobs (1970)
|High Echelon is a thoroughbred racehorse out of Luquillo by Native Charger. He was born around 1967 in the United States, and was bred by Bieber-Jacobs Stable.|
American Classic Race wins:|
Belmont Stakes (1970)
|Horse (Equus ferus caballus)|
High Echelon (1967–1991) was an American Thoroughbred racehorse best known for winning the 1970 Belmont Stakes. Bred by the partnership of Isidor Bieber and owner/trainer Hirsch Jacobs, his sire was the 1965 Florida Derby winner Native Charger who was a son of U.S. Racing Hall of Fame inductee, Native Dancer.
High Echelon was raced in the salmon pink-and-green silks of Hirsch Jacobs' wife, Ethel. In 1969 the colt won the Belmont Futurity Stakes and the Pimlico-Laurel Futurity and was second in the voting to Silent Screen for American Champion Two-Year-Old Colt honors.
However, the Hall of Fame trainer died on February 23, 1970 and as such did not get to see his three-year-old colt's success that year. Son John took over the race conditioning of High Echelon and three-year-old stablemate, Personality. Going in to the 1970 U.S. Triple Crown series, the entry of High Echelon and Personality were made the second choice by bettors for the Kentucky Derby. High Echelon ran third to winner Dust Commander in the Derby then finished fourth to winner Personality in the Preakness Stakes. Personality developed a fever and his handlers chose not to run him in the Belmont Stakes but stablemate High Echelon did run, and under jockey John Rotz won that American Classic.
For the remainder of 1970, High Echelon did not win another graded stakes race. Retired to stud, his offspring met with modest success in racing. He died on May 14, 1991 at Franks Farm in Ocala, Florida