03/18/2004 1:00AM

Cadman retires from riding


Jockey Zoe Cadman announced her retirement Thursday after less than four years of riding. Cadman, 29, is the only female jockey ever to win a riding title in Chicago, taking the crown at the 2001 Hawthorne spring meet. She is also the all-time leading female rider at Arlington Park.

Born in South Africa and raised in England, Cadman arrived in the United States in 1994 and galloped horses for Michael Dickinson, Chris Speckert, and Mike Stidham. She won aboard her first mount, the Stidham-trained Prize and Joy, at Arlington on June 10, 2000.

Cadman won 311 races from 2,868 mounts. The richest of her seven stakes wins was the $100,000 Violet Stakes at Hawthorne aboard Gumbo Love in 2003.

Cadman married fellow jockey Larry Sterling Jr. over the winter.