Ticker
  • Annals of Time (5-1) gets clear late in the Grade 1 Hollywood Derby.Posted 3 hours ago
  • Vale Dori (1-2) much the best in the Grade 2 Bayakoa.Posted 3 hours ago
  • Royal Posse (3-5) repeats in the Claiming Crown Jewel and becomes a millionaire.Posted 4 hours ago
  • King and His Court (8-5) flies home to win the Display Stakes.Posted 4 hours ago
  • R Angel Katelyn (8-5) leads all the way in the Sandpiper.Posted 5 hours ago
  • Rapid Rhythm runs them down in the Battle of New Orleans.Posted 5 hours ago
  • Highway Star (7-1) is up in time to win the Go for Wand.Posted 5 hours ago
  • Chance of Luck (7-2) holds on to take the Inaugural StakesPosted 6 hours ago
  • Whitmore wins the 6th race at Aqueduct, his first race back since the Kentucky Derby.Posted 6 hours ago
  • Even Thunder (5-2) holds on to win the King's Swan.Posted 1 day ago

Kubinova Wins BHP Debut for Shirreffs

Jockey Eliska Kubinova was a smash in her Betfair Hollywood Park debut, winning with her first mount for some renowned connections Sunday.

Kubinova, who set an Emerald Downs record for wins (76) by an apprentice earlier this year, directed Valeria to a come-from-behind victory for owners Jerry and Ann Moss and trainer John Shirreffs – of Zenyatta fame – in the $20,000 maiden claiming affair.

A 23-year-old native of the Czech Republic, Kubinova had been working horses locally before getting her opportunity in the day’s final race.

“I can’t believe it’s true,’’ said Kubinova, whose agent is George Ortuzar. “I was alone in the (female jockey’s) room all day, so I really didn’t get a chance to talk to anybody. I read the Daily Racing Form on all the horses and I saw all of her races on tape.

“I talked with John earlier about this horse, so he really didn’t say much when he gave me a leg up. He told me she might be a little slow early because she gets nervous. I just tried to calm her down and make a run. Once I found room I was confident.’’

A nine-time loser against better company prior to Sunday, Valeria won by 2 ¾ lengths as the 9-2 third choice in the field of 13. The 5-year-old Elusive Quality mare was claimed out of the race by trainer Peter Miller for Altamira Racing Stable.

 

Photo courtesy of Benoit Photo

 

 

comments powered by Disqus

Older Comments about Kubinova Wins BHP Debut for Shirreffs...

That's the way to make your debut at BHP, Eliska.

Related Pages

Related Stories

Top Stories