02/11/2011 11:47AM

Rosemary Homeister pregnant, will take break from riding

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

Rosemary Homeister, second on the all-time wins list among female riders in North America, has gone on maternity leave and will be out for an indefinite period, according to her agent, Steve Elzey.

Currently the third-leading rider at the Tampa Bay Downs meet in Oldsmar, Fla., Homeister lives with fellow jockey Irwin Rosendo. Contacted Friday morning, she said she was “just not up to talking right now.”

Homeister, 38, won the 1992 Eclipse Award for top apprentice and has won more than 2,400 races, trailing only Julie Krone (3,704) on the list of female riders. On Jan. 13, she won with five of her six mounts at Tampa, marking the fifth time she won as many as five in a day.

Elzey said Homeister intends to resume riding “at the appropriate time.” She had hoped to ride this spring on the Kentucky circuit, where she enjoyed success last fall when riding there regularly for the first time.