06/23/2010 12:00AM

Rhonda Swan-Speith rides again


After seven years away from racing to raise her family, jockey Rhonda Swan-Spieth returned to the saddle in Tuesday's 14th race aboard Wicked Country, who finished seventh after a quick beginning.

"It felt good," she said. "I'm refreshed."

Swan-Spieth's daughter, Kirsten Swan, and husband, four-time Thistledown riding champion Scott Spieth, are also both regulars at Thistledown.

Swan-Spieth, 38, a mother of five, is hopeful of returning to riding full-time this season. She said she would enjoy nothing more than racing against her daughter and husband.

"That would be a lot of fun," she said. "Just as long as us girls finish one-two."

* Louis Stokes, Thistledown's leading rider by wins in 2008, appeared on his way to victory aboard Water Moccasin in Monday's ninth race when the 4-year-old gelding broke down in midstretch. Stokes escaped injury and, after being cleared by medical staff, returned in his next race to win aboard Lopaka Keoni.

"It felt good," said Stokes. "What made it even better was that I was riding for the Madrigals."

Rod and Barbara Madrigal also owned Water Moccasin, who had to be euthanized.