Saturday, December 12, 2009 12:00 AM
FLORENCE, KY . . . December 12, 2009 . . . Nineteen-year-old apprentice jockey S. Justin Bishop earned his first career win Saturday when he guided 39-1 long shot Elliday to a 3 1/2-length victory in Turfway Park's seventh race. The mount was the 101st of his young career, which began on Valentine's Day this year at Delta Downs.
"It's been a long time coming, and it sure feels good," said the Louisiana native.
The son of a breeder-trainer, Bishop grew up with Thoroughbreds and learned to ride as a youngster. He galloped horses on the family farm and at 16 took his skills to the track, working first as a groom. After riding at Delta Downs, he continued on the Louisiana circuit at Evangeline Downs, where a training accident in the summer sent him to the hospital for surgery to repair a hernia sustained in the incident. He was out about six weeks. Bishop moved north in late October, riding a couple of races at Hoosier Park before starting the Kentucky circuit at Churchill Downs this fall.
Elliday spotted the field more than 10 lengths after an awkward start but steadily made up ground and closed hard from the quarter-pole to clear the leader in deep stretch. A four-year-old bay filly by Harlan's Holiday out of the Gulch mare Ellis Basin, she is owned and trained by Billy Allen.