04/10/2013 5:14PM

Aqueduct notes: Adsit records first two winners

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OZONE PARK, N.Y. - Abigail Adsit, a former assistant trainer to Linda Rice, won her first two races last week since going out on her own earlier this year.

On Friday, Adsit won a starter allowance at Aqueduct with Giant Indian. On Saturday, she won a $7,500 claiming race at Parx Racing with Miss Mexique. From seven starters, she has had two winners and a third.

"It was unbelievable, an honor, a lot of hard work that paid off," Adsit said about her first two wins.

Adsit, a graduate of Union College, worked for Rice for three years after working as a freelance exercise rider coming out of college.
"I took my four year-degree in English and turned into Spanglish," Adsit said. "I went from reading Shakespeare to reading the Racing Form."

Adsit, whose father, Eric, is a Standardbred trainer based at Saratoga, said it was always her desire to train horses.
"When people said 'What do you want to be when you grow up?' everyone said a fairy princess. I said a racehorse trainer."

Adsit said she has eight horses in her care, with two more on the way.

Where once she would be outside the paddock helping trainer Linda Rice pick out which horses to claim, now she is competing with Rice at the claim box and on the track.

"She's been a mentor. I've learned so much from her," Adsit said. "I consider her a friend and there's a mutual respect. I sure have [respect] for her."

Said Rice, "She has a horse background. I think she'll do just fine."

** Luis Saez begins riding here on a regular basis starting Friday. Alex Solis will start riding here Saturday.

sarah More than 1 year ago
Congratulations Abigail I met you and your mother at Saratoga in the summer when they were do and interview with you by the jockeys room. I was standing there listening not be nosy when your mother said it was alright to listen. I am so happy for you and wish you the best looking forward on seeing you at saratoga race course this summer. We will be coming up from Pennsylvania probably week 3 so hoping to talk to you to see if you remember.Take Care and so happy for you.
Jean Adsit More than 1 year ago
Congratulations, Abigail! You have turned your childhood dream into a professional reality! Enjoy the work, the horses and the people... We wish you all the best!
William More than 1 year ago
Congratulations Abigail the best of luck in the future,hard work is always paid, if not ask Todd Pletcher.