Rubin's historic win gets honored

February 15, 2004|by LARRY YANOS

A figure from the past will visit Charles Town Races & Slots on Saturday.

Barbara Jo Rubin, the first female jockey ever to win a pari-mutuel race in North America, on Feb. 22 1969, returns to Charles Town.

Rubin - who now resides in Illinois - comes back to the track on the eve of the 35th anniversary of when she rode Cohesian to victory for trainer Bryan Webb.

Charles Town will commemorate the event by naming a race in the honor of Rubin and Diane Crump - the first woman to ride a race in the U.S. Maryland state steward Phil Grove, a former jockey who competed in the historic race, will present Rubin an award in the winner's circle.


"I remember that night," Grove said Friday from Laurel Park. "The guys didn't want to ride against her, that's for sure. Management didn't force our hand but they wanted the race to go. They more or less said "it's going to happen sometime, somewhere (women jockeys riding horse races). Why not have it happen here where we can get some national attention?"

Grove said the male jockeys were notified of Rubin's ride earlier in that week.

"We talked about it and decided, quite reluctantly, to let it happen," Grove said. "There were so many things to be answered: 'Where would she be before the race? Would they put her in the first aid room? Could she handle a horse on a racetrack? Was she physically strong enough to guide a horse and correct a mistake in the heat of battle?' We weren't sure what we were in for. We felt in jeopardy."

Grove said the jockeys didn't have much contact with her.

"We saw her for the first time in the paddock and, after the race, she was whisked away for a press conference," Grove said. "She became a national figure following the win."

Rubin appeared on national television in the days that followed the race. Meanwhile, Grove finished third in the race aboard Tetrion for trainer Alberto Martinez.

"She was on the best horse. It was nearly a stakes-caliber horse," Grove said. "She went to the front and no one could catch her."

Rubin's career lasted one year due to chronic injuries. She won 28 of 98 mounts and was inducted into the Charles Town Hall of Fame in 1994.

Every one in the pool

The first pools for the 2004 Kentucky Derby and Kentucky Oaks Future Wagers will be open until today at 6:30 p.m.

The future wagers allow racing fans to place advance wagers on contenders for May 1's Derby and April 30's Oaks at odds that may be more attractive than those on race day.

The Future Wagers are a $2 minimum placed only to win. There are 24 wagering interests in each pool, which include 23 individual horses and a mutuel field that contains all other horses.

Kentucky Derby Future Wager bets can't be refunded.

Buckram Oak Farm's Eurosilver and Wertheimer Farm's Halfbridled, the reigning juvenile filly champion, are prominent among the favored horses in the early betting on the Derby and Oaks.

The second Future Wager pool will be March 11-14 with the final pools being held April 1-4.

Last year served as a fine illustration of the value to be had in such future wagers. Funny Cide returned $27.60 to win for his 2003 Kentucky Derby victory.

But Future Wager players recieved the more generous payouts of $188.20 from Pool 1, $120.80 from Pool 2 and $107.40 from Pool 3.

Real time odds and other information for Pool 1 of the 2004 Kentucky Derby and Kentucky Oaks Future Wagers are available on the Internet at

Pony Tales

  • Charles Town Races & Slots will offer a special 11-race card Monday for Presidents Day, beginning at 4 p.m.

  • Jockey Ryan Fogelsonger has come "home."

    Five months after arriving in California - where his success earned him the 2002 Eclipse Award as the outstanding apprentice rider, the 22-year-old returned to Maryland Saturday.

    Fogelsonger's best meet in California was the fall Oak Tree meet at Santa Anita. He won 18 races, including the $175,000 California Cup Mile and $100,000 Cal Cup Distance Handicap.

  • Applications for tickets for the Breeders' Cup World Thoroughbred Championships, to be held Oct. 30, at Lone Star Park in Grand Prairie, Texas, are now available.

Fans can e-mail at, call 972-263-PONY or 800-795-RACE or mail to obtain tickets.

E-mail requests for the ticket application must include name, address, phone number and e-mail address. Please indicate whether you prefer to receive the application via U.S. Mail or via e-mail.

Phone callers will be required to provide their name, address and phone number. Mailed requests require your name, address, phone number and email address to Lone Star Park at Grand Prairie, Attn. Admissions Department, Breeders' Cup Ticket Application Requests, 1000 Lone Star Parkway, Grand Prairie, Texas 75050

Ticket applications must be completed and returned to Lone Star Park by June 4 to be included in the random draw for ticket allocation.

Larry Yanos is sports editor of The Daily Mail. He covers horse racing for The Herald-Mail. He can be reached at 301-733-5131 ext. 2311, or by e-mail at

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