Abigail Fuller Wins First Race at Gulfstream
by Blood-Horse Staff
Date Posted: 1/15/2012 2:18:56 PM
Last Updated: 1/17/2012 3:59:43 PM
Abigail Fuller after winning race 2 at Gulfstream Park.
Courtesy of Gulfstream Park
Jockey Abigail Fuller, who rode with success during the 1980s and 1990s, rode her first winner since her return to racing at Gulfstream Park Jan. 15 aboard Rule Number Six in the second race (VIDEO).
The 52-year-old jockey, who began riding again last summer at Calder Race Course, is best known for riding her father Peter Fuller’s Mom’s Command to victory in the 1985 New York Filly Triple Crown and the Alabama Stakes (gr. I). Mom’s Command, the 3-year-old filly champion that year, is in Thoroughbred Racing’s Hall of Fame.
Fuller, the mother of three, has ridden 581 winners. She set most of the pace aboard Rule Number Six, the Ron Gaffney-trained 14-1 outsider in the 1 1/16-mile race for maidens. Rule Number Six outfought favored Half Wed in a stretch duel to prevail by a head.
“He once ran off with me after a race when I first rode him going short, so we knew going long was his thing,” said Fuller, who rode two winners at Calder after returning to the saddle. “I never rode at this meet. It’s great. It’s always fun to win, but winning at Gulfstream, I’ve never done that, so it’s definitely fun.”
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