02/12/2016 1:56PM

Rosie Higgins gets first win as rider


ARCADIA, Calif. – Apprentice jockey Rosie Higgins, the wife of Hall of Fame jockey Kent Desormeaux, won for the first time on Thursday at Santa Anita. Riding her fourth race, Higgins won aboard Blue Law ($4.40) in the second race.

Blue Law won a $20,000 claiming race for maidens by three lengths. Higgins had Blue Law on the inside, stayed on the rail on the turn, and they pulled away to win comfortably.

“It was awesome,” she said in the winner’s circle. “I gave him his head, and he exploded.”

Higgins works as an exercise rider for Bob Hess Jr., who trains Blue Law. Higgins, 31, began riding this year.

“I’m happy it came on Blue Law,” she said. “He’s my favorite horse in the barn.”