Sandi Lee Gann, the first woman to win a riding title at Turf Paradise, announced her retirement from riding Aug. 29.
She was honored after the second race with the entire jockey colony joining her in the winner’s circle. Gann, 45, said she plans to become a trainer in Arizona.
The native of Astroia, Ore., began her riding career in 1985 with quarter horses. She began racing Thoroughbreds in 1987 and became one of the leading riders during Longacres’ last three years of racing. In 1992, Gann won the riding title at Turf Paradise.
Gann rode 194 winners at Emerald Downs, with top-10 finishes in 2002 and 2003. She rode sparingly in 2008, winning on two-of-six mounts at Emerald Downs including her final winner, The Liver Is Evil, for trainer Mike Puhich on Aug. 21.
Gann, who finished with a 16.4 career win percentage, said Black Bart and Queenledo were two of her favorite horses. She won the 2004 TVG Khaled Stakes at Hollywood Park and the Turf Paradise Breeders' Cup Handicap on Black Bart and won multiple stakes on Queenledo, including the 2006 Emerald Distaff.