With his win aboard Citigambler in the third race at Charles Town Nov. 14, jockey Travis Dunkelberger equaled the North American record for consecutive wins by a jockey with nine. The record was established by Albert Adams in 1930 and equaled in 1993 by Anthony Black.
Dunkelberger’s effort to hold the record outright fell short in Race 7 when his mount, Warm Springs Girl, finished second as the odds-on favorite.
Prior to the seventh race, the Charles Town-based Dunkelberger had reeled off nine consecutive wins at both Charles Town and Laurel, with his last defeat coming in Laurel’s fifth race Nov. 11.
Having missed a substantial part of 2009 due to injury, Dunkelberger had only recently made his return to action. His biggest win after returning from injury was aboard Russell Road in the $500,000 West Virginia Breeders’ Classic.
Travis Dunkelberger's nine consecutive winning mounts:
Nov 11 Laurel Race 6 Trophy Collector
Nov. 11 Charles Town Race 1 Imanheiress
Nov. 11 Charles Town Race 7 Covert Action
Nov. 11 Charles Town Race 10 Mr. Synfuel
Nov. 12 Laurel Race 6 Dixieland Melody
Nov. 13 Charles Town Race 4 Lolibop
Nov. 14 Laurel Race 8 Love's Blush (stakes race)
Nov. 15 Charles Town Race 1 Never Mined
Nov. 15 Charles Town Race 3 Citigambler