Apprentice rider Sarah Rook returned a winner after an absence of three months as Pimlico Race Course opened its spring meet March 30.
Rook broke her left collarbone in a spill at Laurel Park Jan. 5. The 25-year-old made a triumphant return with a victory aboard Great Harbour ($7.20) in the seventh race.
“I was locked and loaded with this one,” Rook said. “I starting getting back on horses about three and a half weeks ago and feel really good.”
Rook has bounced around the country in her quest to become a jockey, working at several tracks before landing a spot with trainer Richard Small in September 2010. She made her debut a winning one with a score aboard Emosewa for Small at Pimlico on April 29, 2011.
“Pimlico is a special place to me,” Rook said. “This is the place where I really learned to gallop and then ride a horse. Winning my first race at one of the most famous tracks in the country is an awesome feeling.”
Rook is named to ride nine horses the remainder of the weekend, including mounts for top trainers Dane Kobiskie, Dale Capuano and Howard Wolfendale.
“Everyone has been extremely kind in terms of getting me back on live horses,” Rook said.
Great Harbour is trained by Kobiskie, who won two races on opening day. He also visited the winners’ circle with 11-year-old Hands On ($5.40) in the finale. The son of Friendly Lover is 23-of-90 lifetime with earnings of $597,995.
Trainer Hugh McMahon also saddled two winners on the 10-race card, winning with Wolfcamp ($3.40 in the second) and Baileys Beach ($15 in the eighth).