Eliska Kubinova set apprentice record at Emerald Downs

Fist Full of Green in the third race is the record 71st victory of the season for apprentice jockey Eliska Kubinova at Emerald Downs. September 8, 2012  - Photo courtesy Erin Palmer/Emerald Downs Photo
Fist Full of Green in the third race is the record 71st victory of the season for apprentice jockey Eliska Kubinova at Emerald Downs. September 8, 2012
— image credit: Photo courtesy Erin Palmer/Emerald Downs Photo

Only five days after the first anniversary of her first mount, Eliska Kubinova went into the record books Saturday at Emerald Downs.

The 23-year-old Kubinova broke the single-season record for wins by an apprentice jockey when she rode Fist Full of Green to a gate-to-wire victory in the third race. It was her 71st win of the meeting, one better than Cassie Papineau’s former mark of 70 set in 2009.

The longest shot on the board in the $25,000 optional maiden-claiming race, Fist Full of Green ran 6-½ furlongs in 1:16.05 and paid $21.20. Roy Lumm trains and co-owns the Bertrando gelding with Mort Robbins and James and Linda Kirschman.

A Native of Jesenik in the Czech Republic, Kubinova’s rise has been meteoric. She notched her first victory September 10, 2011 at Emerald Downs, and then had a sensational winter at Portland Meadows to finish second with 60 wins*including a six-win day on March 7.

Only Juan Gutierrez and Leslie Mawing have more wins at the 2012 Emerald Downs season, and Kubinova still has seven more racing days to pad her record. Incidentally, her apprentice weight allowance runs through the end of the meeting.

Humble and soft-spoken, Kubinova said she was happy to set the record, and credited horsemen and fans for their season-long support. In a recent Seattle Times interview, she also said boyfriend and fellow jockey Jorge Rosales has been a big help, especially critiquing films of her rides.

“He always gives me a hard time,” Kubinova said. “He’s been around it for a while, and he can see it from a different view than I see it.”

Not to be outdone, Rosales won the race immediately following Kubinova’s record-breaker, guiding Ugotthemoneyhoney ($11) to a six-length victory for trainer Frank Lucarelli.

In the featured Best Western Peppertree Purse for 3-year-olds, Bear Creek Road ($6) took the early lead and held on for a three-length victory in 1:37.75 for one mile. Owned by Remmah Racing Inc., Bear Creek Road capped a two-win day for Lucarelli and extended his lead to 42-38 on Tim McCanna in the trainers’ standings.

NOTES: For the 31st time this season, Juan Gutierrez rode at least two winners and widened his lead to 104-86 on Leslie Mawing atop the jockeys’ standings*Gutierrez notched wins aboard Send Silver ($3.60) in the sixth and E’volet ($3.60) in the seventh*William Antongeorgi also rode two winners and is fourth overall with 69 wins. He will be absent Sunday, however, to ride several Emerald Downs-based runners at Hastings Racecourse*Champagneandcaviar in the British Columbia Oaks, Class Included in the Delta Colleen Handicap and Italian Boy in the British Columbia Derby. He also rides Locket in the Sadie Diamond Futurity*Live racing continues Sunday with one of the meet’s biggest events*Washington Cup X with six stakes for Washington-breds worth $215,000 in purses. Fans can also watch the Seahawks-Cardinals game and all the NFL action on NFL Sunday Ticket.

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