Apprentice Katie Davis continues family tradition by registering first career win at Aqueduct Racetrack
By Jon Forbes | 02/21/2014 02:57 PM ET
Apprentice Katie Davis, a daughter of retired jockey Robbie Davis and a sister to jockeys Jackie and Dylan Davis, garnered the first victory of her career by guiding Ivanovna to a one-length victory in race 2 on Friday at Aqueduct Racetrack.
Davis, 22, was making her 15th start and was competing aboard Ivanovna for the first time in race 2, a one-mile race for $12,500 filly and mare claimers who have never won two races. After trailing in sixth early, Ivanovna launched an outside rally on the second turn before taking the lead in midstretch.
Ed Barker trains Ivanovna and owns the 4-year-old daughter in partnership with Happy Hour Farms and Joseph Schweigert. Ivanovna was Davis' lone mount on the card.
"It's nice to know you have a horse who can run," said Davis. "It was a great experience. I galloped that horse in the morning a few times. She listens to me, and [one of the owners] said she doesn't really listen to anybody, so I have good hands with her. I was on the inside, ripping my goggles down, until I took her out in the clear."
Davis' father won 1,297 races at Aqueduct and 3,382 races total before he retired in 2002. Robbie Davis also rode in one race in 2011 and in five races in 2013. Jackie Davis won her first race on November 5, 2008 at Aqueduct and is currently competing at Parx Racing. Dylan, whose first win came on September 19, 2012 at Suffolk Downs, is spending this winter at Gulfstream Park.
Robbie Davis now trains horses, and his first win as a trainer came with Sandyinthesun on December 3, 2011 at Aqueduct. The gelding was ridden that day by Jackie Davis.