08/23/2011 7:16AM

Rosemary Homeister has first child


Rosemary Homeister Jr., the second-leading female jockey all-time in North America, had her first child Sunday, giving birth to a daughter, Victoria Rose.

Homeister’s boyfriend, fellow jockey Irwin Rosendo, is the baby’s father. Rosendo is currently riding at Parx and Penn National in Pennsylvania.

Homeister, 39, abruptly quit riding in early February while among the top jockeys at the Tampa Bay Downs meet when she discovered she was pregnant. She said Tuesday from Tampa through her former agent, Steve Elzey, that she has not made a determination about returning to the racetrack.

“She’s very, very happy about everything,” said Elzey. “She and the baby are doing great; they’re going home (Tuesday). She said she didn’t know whether she’d ever come back to riding or not, and I’m like, ‘If you do, you do.’”

Homeister has ridden 2,438 winners in a career dating to 1992, the year she won the Eclipse Award for top apprentice. Among female riders, her win total is exceeded only by Julie Krone with 3,704.