Piermarini becomes third – leading female jockey
On Monday, jockey Tammi Piermarini surpassed Patti Cooksey to become the third-leading female rider of all-time with 2,139 career wins. Piermarini recorded three victories at Suffolk Downs on Monday.
In 2011, the 45-year-old rider became just the fifth woman to reach the 2,000-win milestone. “It’s a real honor and it was even more special to do it on a Massachusetts-bred in my home state,” Piermarini said on Monday. “The great thing is so many of my wins came here, at home.”
She began her riding career in 1985 and has won horse races at 15 different racetracks over the course of her 28-year career. Piermarini is a three-time recipient of the Eli Chiat Memorial Outstanding Jockey Award presented by the New England Turf Writers Association.
In other news, Godolphin’s Energizer will likely contend at York’s Group 2 Neptune Management Great Voltigeur Stakes on August 22. The Monsun colt became the first German-trained winner at Royal Ascot after winning the Group 3 Tercentenary Stakes this past June.
“Energizer won well at Royal Ascot and we very much liked what we saw. The owner was happy to sell, and a deal has been done. We will possibly aim Energizer at the Great Voltigeur, but above all he is very much a horse for next year,” Godolphin racing manager Simon Crisford told racingpost.com.