Jockey Tammi Piermarini became the fifth female rider in Thoroughbred racing history to reach the 2,000 win mark when she won the third race at Suffolk Downs Aug. 22 aboard Sugar Trade.
In reaching the milestone, Piermarini joins the 2,000-win club for female riders that also includes Julie Krone (3,704), Rosemary Homeister (2,438), Patti Cooksey (2,137), and Vickie Baze (Aragon), 2,019.
Piermarini, 44, had 986 victories from the start of her career in 1985 until 1998 while riding under the name Tammi Campbell. The rest of her victories came from 1999 to present under the name Tammi Piermarini. Her husband, John Piermarini, is also her agent.
According to the Suffolk Downs media guide, Piermrini won her second riding title at Suffolk Downs in 2010, with 119 victories, following the birth of her third child. The rider was born in Massachusetts and spent time around her family’s show horses on a farm in Salisbury, according to her profile. She then moved on to working with Thoroughbreds as an exercise rider for Bill Perry, Ned Allard, Karl Grusmark, Frank Shannon, and Jeff Hooper at Suffolk Downs.