08/15/2001 12:00AM



COLUMBUS, Neb. - Apprentice rider Karen Jacobsen picked up her first career win Sunday afternoon at the Columbus Races when she guided Hopewell Hall to a four-length win in the third race for trainer Dan Coughlin.

Jacobsen began riding in 1998 but was soon sidelined by injury. She began riding again at Prairie Meadows earlier this year before shifting her tack to the Nebraska circuit. She had just missed picking up her initial win Friday night when she rallied Ladyoftherockies from well back to come up just short to front-running Leadingwithmyheart in the featured seventh race.

* Leadingwithmyheart topped a good night for owner-breeder Tom Egan. A 4-year-old daughter of Defensive Play out of the stakes winning mare Rainbow Heart, Leadingwithmyheart registered her first victory of the year against nonwinners-of-three lifetime allowance company. A couple hours earlier, Straitfrommyheart, a 3-year-old full sister to Leadingwithmyheart, won her maiden by over five lengths at Prairie Meadows in her career debut. Rainbow Heart was a solid stakes performer at Aksarben in the early 1990's but may best be remembered for winning her maiden by over 20 lengths at the Omaha track.

* Jockey Dennis Collins was injured last Friday night when his mount, My Man Joe, flipped in the starting gate. Collins was thrown out the back of the gate but one of his legs got hung up in the tailgate. He was treated and released from the hospital that night but did not ride the remainder of the weekend.

* Jose Figueroa escaped serious injury Sunday when his mount, Run Marjorie Run, was pinched back between rivals and clipped heels, unseating him.

* Dan Beck, injured in the starting gate two weeks ago, rode part of the card on Friday before taking off his mounts. X-rays revealed two cracked ribs and he will be out of action this weekend.