Rosemary Homeister Jr., the second-leading female jockey all time in
North America, will ride her first race since she became a mother when
she climbs aboard Huxley Winner in the ninth race Wednesday at Churchill
Homeister, 39, has been away more than eight months since she
abruptly quit riding at the Tampa Bay Downs meet in early February when
revealing she was expecting her first child. She gave birth to her
daughter, Victoria Rose, on Aug. 21 in Tampa. Homeister’s boyfriend,
fellow jockey Irwin Rosendo, is the father.
Homeister has been exercising horses for about six weeks while she,
Rosendo, and the baby have stayed with trainer Eric Reed and his wife,
Kay, at their Lexington farm. Reed is the trainer of Huxley Winner.