Female Jockey Trifecta Pays Big
Hawthorne Race Course’s last race on Sunday, October 20 featured a rare racing event. For the first time in the track’s history, and possibly the country’s history, aside from female jockey challenge races, the top three finishers were ridden by female jockeys.
In a sport largely dominated by men, Hawthorne has seen some great female riders grace the Stickney oval. Both Zoe Cadman and Inez Karlsson cut their teeth at Hawthorne and currently the Hawthorne jockey’s room has a large number of female jockeys for the Fall 2013 race meet. Six of the Stickney oval’s thirty regular jockeys this meet are women and they are holding their own in the number of mounts they get each day. Five of the six female jockeys are apprentice riders, with Rosemary Homeister, Jr. being the one journeyman in the group.
On Sunday, one of the apprentice riders, Heidi Rose was having the best day in her young racing career. Winning two races earlier in the day, she went into the last race in high spirits. Aboard Scappare, Heidi Rose made a late outside surge to win by a length over King Fest. Ridden by another female apprentice rider, Samantha Colvin, King Fest had taken a clear lead around the far turn and maintained a four and a half length lead through much of the stretch but wasn’t able to hold off Scappare. Wicenty, piloted by veteran female rider Rosemary Homeister, Jr., held on to finish third.
This rare trifecta paid $1,625.60 for those that played the female trifecta and capped off a phenomenal day for Heidi Rose. Her three wins on Sunday, Retour ($29.00, 2nd race), Silver Prince ($27.00, 5th race) and Scappare ($17.20, 9th race) more than doubled her previous career win total of two.
The other talented young women that hang their tack at Hawthorne are Stephanie Slinger, Aymara Rivero and Taylor B. Rice.