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Barbara Jo Rubin Biography - Horses—the Sure Cure, The Quest To Be The First, Into The Winner's Circle

family racing sports jockey

1949-

American jockey

Barbara Jo Rubin overcame polio as a child and prejudice as an adult to become a pioneer in sports. In 1969 Rubin was a member of the charter class of young women seeking work as professional jockeys—no small accomplishment in Thoroughbred racing, long known as the "sport of kings" and a male-only bastion. In the space of just one year of racing, Rubin accomplished several "firsts" and topped it off by becoming the first female jockey to retire from the track.

Though her parents were Floridians—father Robert Rubin ran the Golden Sands Lounge in Miami—Barbara Jo was born in Illinois, during a visit to Rubin's mother's family. The girl grew up in an atmosphere of diversity, describing her family to the New York Post as "a little bit of everything," British, Jewish, German and other ancestral ties. At age six Rubin contracted polio, a scourge of children in the United States from the 1940s into the '50s, when a vaccine developed by Dr. Jonas Salk finally conquered the spread of the debilitating disease. Fortunately for Rubin, her case was a mild one; the family doctor recommended sports as therapy for the child's affected knees.

Barbara Jo Rubin

Sketch by Susan Salter

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over 4 years ago

Hi Barbra



Please give us email.

This is Judy and Jerri MacInnes,

we would like to hear from you.

Old friends from 60's and 70's.

Last time we saw you was Country

Club Ranch's.



Yours



Judy MacInnes Miick

Jerri Sue MacInnes

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over 4 years ago

Hello,

Hi Barbara please contact me. I'm Joey's daughter, your neice. Robert Roy Rubin's granddaughter, I'm reading and wrighting about you for a research paper for school, I know you must be very busy, trianing for your up coming event but whenever you can... please e-mail me!

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over 4 years ago

Hey Barbara,



Jack sent me your note from facebook. Often I have thought of you and the great times we had . Remember your pony and the fun times we had at Argo farms? Sounds like you have had a great life and very successful one at that. Iam so proud of you and would love to hear from you.



Love,



Linda

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almost 6 years ago

Hi Barbara! I know you remember me! Have been trying to find you to reminisce; hopefully, you'll e-mail me. I remember seeing you on the Ed Sullivan show! Rhonda

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about 6 years ago

Barb,

You mostly likely do not remember me, You, Sherry and I would skip school to go horseback riding at Argo farms. That was a long time ago. Ran across this site and just want you to know I am proud of all you have done.

Lynn

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over 6 years ago

BARBARA

THIS IS KENNY FROM OPA LOCKA,I GREW UP WITH YOU AND MIKE,IN THE NIEGHBORHOOD, I LIVE IN NAPLES FL.CALL ME IF YOU LIKE