Kaylia Albright starting off strong
With only 12 starts on the first nine racing programs, Jockey Kaylia Albright has recorded three wins, making a statement about her move to Indiana this spring. She picked up her third winner of the meet Tuesday, May 3 and has proven she can transfer the talents that took her into the top jockeys in Pennsylvania into her new surroundings in Indiana.
A native of Hershey, Pa., Albright followed her family into racing. Her mother was a jockey and now trains along with her grandmother, who is also a trainer. Horses have been part of her routine her entire life and after running barrels and serving as a member on the Pennsylvania High School Rodeo Team, she decided to make the move to Thoroughbred racing, beginning her career in 2012. Since that time, she has recorded 248 wins with earnings in excess of $5 million, riding mainly at Penn National where she has experienced most of her success. A move to Indiana this year was a leap of faith and a chance for the stakes winning jockey to broaden her connections in the Thoroughbred industry.
Albright’s first Indiana winner was recorded on Amaoldfashiondgirl for Trainer Mike Lauer Tuesday, April 26, paying $54.60 to win. Her second winner was for Trainer Genaro Garcia aboard Lil Bit of Sparkle, paying $65.00 followed by her third win Tuesday, May 3 aboard first time starter C Tanner for Trainer Luke Guida, paying $82.20.
“It feels good to start out well and I’ve been lucky that all three winners were longshots,” said Albright. “It makes me look good. But I try to ride the best I can and make do with what I have.”
Albright joined up with Richard Kohnhorst as her agent. Kohnhorst, a former leading trainer at Indiana Grand, is among the track’s top 15 all-time leading trainers, winning the title in 2010. He decided to retire from training last year but wanted to stay involved in the sport and became a jockey’s agent.