Edited News Release
unusual racing career of Dane Kobiskie reached another milestone today when the lanky jockey-turned trainer saddled his first career winner in the last race at Laurel Park March 30.
Yacht Man, who is owned by PTK LLC and is part of Kobiskie’s string of nearly 25 runners based at the Bowie Training Center, slipped through on the rail and pulled away to a convincing victory over $5,000 claimers. Under jockey Malcom Franklin, Yacht Man paid $13.
Kobiskie, 29, was born in Witchita Kansas, attended college in Florida, then served in the Marine Corp. He followed that experience with an internship at Taylor Made Farm, galloped horses for Dallas Stewart, John Ward and Todd Pletcher, and served as an assistant to trainers Michael Pino and Steve Asmussen before embarking on a riding career in Kentucky in June 2005.
At 5’8” Kobiskie was one of the tallest riders in the sport. He won 287 races from 1,883 mounts in 33 months as a rider. In early February he hung up his tack to begin his long-stated goal of becoming a trainer.