01/14/2011 3:09PM

Five-win day lifts Homeister in Tampa jockey standings

Keeneland/Photos by Z
Jockey Rosemary Homeister celebrates a victory in the 2009 Sycamore at Keeneland aboard Cloudy's Knight.

OLDSMAR, Fla. – Jockey Rosemary Homeister Jr. won with five of her six mounts Thursday at Tampa Bay Downs, tying a personal record while also tying a track record for second-most wins on a card.

Homeister, 38, won the second race with Daddy’s Honor ($3.20), then was out of the money in the fourth race aboard Hudson Bay. She then reeled off four straight victories with Fire Cloud ($15) in the fifth, Round Trip Loner ($6.20) in the sixth, Mr. Ryder ($10) in the seventh, and He’s Appealing ($24.20) in the eighth. She did not have a mount in the last two races of the day.

“That was so fun and exciting,” said Homeister, who with 2,423 career wins trails only Julie Krone (3,704) among the all-time winningest female jockeys. “I’ve won five in a day at least four times before. I did it twice at Calder, once at Colonial Downs, and once way back at Hialeah.”

The Tampa record for most wins in a day is seven, set by Richard DePass on March 15, 1980. DePass has since become a longtime jockey agent now working for Rajiv Maragh in New York and Florida.

Homeister became the sixth jockey to win five on a Tampa card. The latest was Daniel Centeno in 2009.

Homeister, the 1992 Eclipse Award winner for top apprentice, has ridden primarily at East Coast tracks throughout her career but moved last fall to compete with success at Keeneland and Churchill Downs. She plans to return to those Kentucky tracks this spring. Homeister was the fifth and latest female jockey to ride in the Kentucky Derby when finishing 13th aboard Supah Blitz in 2003.

“I would really like to ride in the Kentucky Derby again, hopefully even win it,” she said. “I think being right there helps my chances of getting a mount.”

The big afternoon carried Homeister into second place in the Tampa jockey standings with 20 wins, and she immediately increased that total to 21 on Friday when scoring with her first mount of the day, Fantastic Lisa ($13.60), in the second race. Into Friday action, Centeno, who is aiming for a fifth straight title here, led with 33 winners.

Parker joins Tampa jockey colony

DeShawn Parker, who led all jockeys in North America in wins in 2010 with 377, has joined the Tampa riding colony. Parker was still riding at his home track, Mountaineer Park in West Virginia, when the Tampa meet began Dec. 11. He had his last mount at Mountaineer on Dec. 30.

The national wins title was the first for Parker, 40, who rode eight more winners than the runner-up, Ramon Dominguez. Parker is the all-time leading African-American jockey in the modern era, with more than 3,500 career wins. He began his career in 1988 at Thisteldown.

Bacon serving as jockey agent

Paula Bacon is still in racing, albeit in yet another different capacity. Bacon is now working at Tampa as the agent for jockey David McFadden after disbanding her public stable. She sent out her last starter at Mountaineer on Nov. 20.

“I started as a hotwalker at 16 before I graduated high school,” Bacon said. “Then I was a groom, an exercise rider, a jockey, an agent, a trainer for five years, and now back to being an agent.”

Bacon, 38, won 518 races as a jockey and 152 as a trainer.