Ethel D. Jacobs

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.

Ethel Jacobs
BornMarch 18, 1910
DiedNovember 9, 2001 (aged 91)
Resting placeGate of Heaven Cemetery, Valhalla, New York
OccupationThoroughbred racehorse owner/breeder
Spouse(s)Hirsch Jacobs
ChildrenJohn William
Thomas E.W.

Married to U.S. Racing Hall of Fame trainer Hirsch Jacobs, Ethel Jacobs used salmon pink and green racing silks. 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 1943. Among her notable horses were:

A racing familyEdit

The tombstone of Ethel Jacobs in Gate of Heaven Cemetery

The Jacobses' 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, Hawthorne, 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."