QH Rider Purcell-Burkland to Compete at Pimlico

The sport’s all-time leading female rider will ride in the Lady Legends for a Cure race.

Tami Purcell-Burkland with trainer Jack Van Berg at the Texas Horse Racing Hall of Fame induction. PHOTO: Richard Chamberlain

Tami Purcell-Burkland, American Quarter Horse racing’s all-time leading female jockey, will compete in the Lady Legends for the Cure race at Pimlico Race Course in Maryland on May 16. The pari-mutuel Thoroughbred race for retired female riders will be contested on the same card as the Black-Eyed Susan Stakes and the day before the Preakness Stakes is run at the Maryland track. The May 16 card will also include the $50,000 Jockey Challenge presented by Xpressbet with seven Hall of Fame Thoroughbred riders competing.

A native of Texas, Purcell-Burkland rode 2,143 winners and the earners of more than $12.2 million during her career. She is the only female rider to win the All American Futurity (G1), Champion of Champions (G1) and Texas Classic Futurity (G1). She was honored with the AQHA’s Mildred N. Vessels Award for special achievement in racing in 1996 and currently competes as a barrel racer. She was inducted into the Texas Horse Racing Hall of Fame last year.

Other riders scheduled to compete include Patti Cooksey, Jennifer Rowland-Small, Barbara Jo Rubin, Cheryl White, Abby Fuller, Andrea Seefeldt-Knight and Stacie Clark-Rogers.

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