Only five days after the one-year anniversary of her first mount, Eliska Kubinova earned a spot in Emerald Downs’ record book Sept. 8.
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 (VIDEO). 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 1/2 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 quick. She notched her first victory Sept. 10, 2011, at Emerald Downs. She went on to finish second in the Portland Meadows jockey standings with 60 wins, including a six-win day March 7.
Only Juan Gutierrez and Leslie Mawing have more wins at the 2012 Emerald Downs meet, and Kubinova still has seven more racing days to pad her record. Her apprentice weight allowance runs through the end of the meeting.
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 gave credit to her boyfriend and fellow jockey Jorge Rosales who she said has helped, 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."