Thursday, September 29, 2011
Piermarini sweeps first 5 races at Suffolk Downs on Wednesday
EAST BOSTON, MA - Tammi Piermarini enjoyed a remarkable day on Wednesday, September 28 at Suffolk Downs, winning the first five races on the card and becoming the fourth winningest female jockey of all time in the process.
Piermarini began her historic day by guiding Riparian Right ($7.00) to victory in the opener. She followed that up with wins aboard Dr. Mulligan ($2.60), Sevenisthenumber ($13.00), Wolf Moon ($4.40) and New England champion Technically Wicked ($6.40), respectively.
Piermarini, who earlier in the year became the fifth woman to reach the 2,000-win milestone, has eclipsed Vicki Baze and is now the fourth winningest female rider in history with 2,024 career victories, 113 behind third-place Patti Cooksey (2,137). Julie Krone (3,704) and Rosemary Homeister (2,438) top the list.
Riparian Right, trained by Marcus Vitali, gave Piermarini her 2,020th victory. Vitali also saddled Sugar Trade to give Piermarini her 2,000th career win on August 22, as well as Hometown, who Piermarini rode to tie Baze yesterday.
"Raising a family, riding racehorses - it takes a lot of work and a lot of perseverance but it's worth it," said Piermarini, a mother of three. "Now I’ve got to keep climbing the ladder."
Piermarini, who earned her second Suffolk Downs riding title in 2010, currently sits atop the local jockey standings with 86 wins.
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