07/24/2012 10:49AM

Suffolk: Piermarini passes Cooksey to become third-winningest female rider of all time

Chip Bott
Tammi Piermarini (right), shown talking with jockey Jackie Davis, now sits behind Julie Krone and Rosemary Homeister on the all-time list.

Jockey Tammi Piermarini moved into third on the list of all-time winningest female riders Monday with a three-win day at Suffolk Downs.

By bringing her career win total to 2,139, she passed Patti Cooksey and now sits behind Hall of Famer Julie Krone (3,704) and still-active Rosemary Homeister (2,527).

The ride that pushed her past Cooksey was especially poignant, coming aboard Victor Lazlo for owner Patricia Moseley, herself a pioneer as the former chairwoman of Suffolk Downs. Most of Piermarini’s wins have come at Suffolk where she currently leads the jockey standings and has won the last two riding titles.

Piermarini, 45, began her riding career in 1985 as Tammi Campbell, amassing 986 wins under her maiden name. She has competed as Tammi Piermarini since 1999 after marrying her husband and current agent John. Her riding career has included time off to give birth to three children: Izabella, Johnny, and Sophia-Lawren.