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Apprentice Rider From Czech Republic Makes Her Golden Gate Fields Debut Friday
Apprentice rider Eliska Kubinova, a 23-year-old native of Jesenik, Czech Republic, will compete at Golden Gate Fields for the first time Friday when she rides Princess Annabella in the fifth race.
Kubinova began her American riding career last summer at Emerald Downs in Washington and scored her first victory with her fifth mount, 26-to-1 outsider Get Going, who paid $55.
Kubinova recorded four wins from 23 mounts before the Emerald Downs meeting closed and racing moved to Portland Meadows, where she had success riding both thoroughbreds and Quarter Horses.
Kubinova is tied for the third in the thoroughbred jockey standings at Portland Meadows with 27 victories and is also tied for third in the Quarter Horse rider standings with six wins.
Kubinova has been working horses and getting to know horsemen at Golden Gate Fields for the past several days and has been well received, according to her agent, John Buc. Trainer Tim McCanna gave Kubinova the call on Princess Annabella, who is listed at 15-to-1 on the morning line for the fifth race.
Golden Gate Fields will present an eight-race card Friday and first post is 12:45 p.m. Post time for the fifth race, a 5 1/2-furlong dash for 3-year-old fillies, is 2:48 p.m.
Golden Gate Fields will conduct nine-race cards Saturday and Sunday and post time both days is 12:45 p.m. Fans attending the races Sunday will enjoy the best bargain in Bay Area sports as Golden Gate Fields offers patrons $1 general parking, $1 general admission, $1 hot dogs, $1 beers, and $1 sodas.
Baze Benched For Weekend -- Leading jockey Russell Baze will be missing in action this weekend at Golden Gate Fields as he serves a three-day riding suspension Friday through Sunday. Baze was benched by the board of stewards for causing interference in the stretch while aboard Life Is a Rock in the seventh race on Dec. 29. Life Is a Rock finished second in the race but was disqualified from the runner-up spot and placed third behind Hot Chaco, the horse he bothered.