2012 a winning summer for Jay Em Ess Stable owner

In the Del Mar winner’s circle following Rail Trip’s victory in the Grade II, $200,000 San Diego Handicap on July 28. At left is trainer Ron Ellis. Breeders’ Cup president Craig Fravel is presenting the trophy to Samantha Siegel (center holding the red roses) with jockey Jose Valdivia. BENOIT PHOTO

By Julie Sarno

At the mid-point in the Del Mar race meet, the leading owner is the Jay Em Ess Stable of Samantha Siegel. The Jay Em Ess owner is having remarkable racing success this summer. Her runners have won three stakes races in less than one month, two at Del Mar and one on the East Coast.

The racing stable, Jay Em Ess, was named for the initials of Siegel’s parents, Jan and Mace Siegel. Jan passed away in 2002 and her father, Mace, died last year at age 86. Siegel devotes her energies to the racing stable. She is a pedigree and conformation expert and attends many sales to select racing prospects.

This summer, the blue and green Jay Em Ess racing silks have visited the Del Mar winner’s circle after two major stakes races. Seven-year-old Rail Trip won the San Diego Handicap (G2) on July 28. Rail Trip, who makes his next start in the $1 Million Pacific Classic on Aug. 26, is a popular 7-year-old campaigner. His victory in the San Diego Handicap was his first victory in two years and since returning to the barn of popular Southern California trainer Ron Ellis after racing on the East Coast.

Include Me Out was the second Jay Em Ess runner to win a big race at the seaside oval. On Aug. 4, 4-year-old Include Me Out took the 1 1/16-mile Clement L. Hirsch Stakes, a Grade 1 test for fillies and mares. Include Me Out is also in the Ellis barn.

“It was so thrilling to win the two races back to back,” said Siegel. “Rail Trip’s win in the San Diego was very emotional for all of us. It felt like winning five big ones all at once. Include Me Out’s win was exciting as well, always thrilling to win a Grade I. Having the two races be Win and You’re In for the Breeders Cup was icing on the cake.”

Both stakes races are part of the prestigious Breeders’ Cup “Win and You’re In Series.” Rail Trip qualified for the Breeders’ Cup Mile and Include Me Out has earned a starting position in the Breeders’ Cup Ladies Classic. Both races are Grade 1 races which will be contested on Nov. 2 and 3 at Santa Anita.

Just before the Del Mar race meet began Jay Em Ess had another runner who won a “Win and You’re In” test. Redeemed took the Greenwood Cup at Parx Racing in Philadelphia, qualifying him for the Breeders’ Cup Marathon (Grade 3). Earning starting positions in three Breeders’ Cup races through the “Win and You’re In” series is unprecedented since the series began.

Siegel’s parents purchased their first horse in 1964 in Maryland. The family first raced horses as Jan, Mace and Samantha Siegel, but changed it to honor the memory of Jan. “Jay Em Ess” was spelled out as some states do not allow a stable name to only contain initials, according to Siegel.

Siegel’s late father founded Macerich Co., located in Santa Monica, which develops, owns and manages shopping malls. He retired in 2008. Siegel’s mother had been a big band singer. The couple met on a blind date at Aqueduct race track and married in 1962. They settled in Beverly Hills and, years ago, established a second residence locally in North County.