Tami Purcell Victorious in Return to Racing
Quarter Horse racing’s all-time leading female jockey wins at Delta Downs.
May 10, 2014
It was a very special night at Delta Downs as on Saturday as American Quarter Horse racing’s all-time leading female jockey Tami Purcell-Burkland came out of retirement to ride Louisana Corona to victory in the $29,000 Mother’s Day Stakes. Purcell agreed to accept the mount as a way to raise awareness for breast cancer research. She rode the race wearing pink silks with a breast cancer ribbon.
After a bump at the start, Louisana Corona was straightened away by Purcell in the 350-yard showdown and proceeded to charge to the lead. In midstretch, the 4-year-old mare was engaged in an all-out battle with Jetblack Gold Moment to her outside and Allizoom to her inside. As the trio approached the finish line, it was Purcell and Louisana Corona who came out on top by a neck over Jetblack Gold Moment with Allizoom finishing another head behind in third.
Louisana Corona covered the distance over a fast track in :17.330, which was resulted in a speed index of 95.
The win by Louisana Corona was made even more special as her dam, Corona Cash, gave Purcell a victory in Quarter Horse racing’s most prestigious event, the All American Futurity (G1) in 1997.
“When I was aboard this horse warming up before the race she felt just like Corona Cash did back then,” said Purcell in the winner’s circle with a tear in her eye. “It was like déjà vu. It just made this race even more special for me.”
This was the first start of the year for Louisana Corona and it marked the fifth win of her 11-race career. She earned $15,000 for the effort, which raised her bankroll to $151,022.
Louisana Corona is a bay mare by Jess Louisiana Blue, out of the First Down Dash mare Corona Cash. She was bred in Oklahoma by Henry E. Brown and is owned by Jason Richards and Michael J. Leblanc.
Kenneth L. Roberts Sr. conditions Louisana Corona and is also the trainer of the Mother’s Day runner-up Jetblack Gold Moment.
Purcell is also set to ride in the Lady Legends for the Cure race at Pimlico Race Course in Maryland on Friday, May 16, one day before California Chrome goes for the second leg of the Thoroughbred Triple Crown in the Preakness Stakes.
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