Preakness Heroine, Semi-Retired Jockey Kreidel Returns To The Irons At Laurel

Kaymarie Kreidel, a full-time outrider for the Maryland Jockey Club following her retirement from race riding, made a return to the jockey’s irons for Friday’s opener at Laurel Park.

Kreidel finished seventh in the one-mile claiming event for 3-year-olds and up on the Dahlia turf course aboard Red Clay Road, a 5-year-old gelding trained and co-owned by her son, Anthony Aguirre Jr.

“It was quite nice to actually come out of semi-retirement, I guess, and ride for him. I wish I could have done better,” Kreidel said. “Unfortunately, he was a little fussy in the gate so we got a bad break and he’s a speed horse. I kind of had to hustle him to get [near] the lead and then he kind of faltered at the end. But, my son said it’s the first time he drank two buckets of water where he barely drank a bucket the last two times he ran, so he definitely got a lot more out of this race even though he didn’t finish well.”

Kreidel and Red Clay Road got within a head of pacesetter America’s Prince after a half-mile in 46.73 seconds and was just two heads off the lead through six furlongs in 1:11.57 despite hopping as the starting gate opened, but weakened to beat one horse in the field of eight.

“He broke bad. He started to act like he was going to rear when the doors opened and it was just bad timing. I had to hustle him a little bit to get him up there with the front-runners,” Kreidel said. “The horse has a bigger heart when he’s on the lead than coming from off of it, and we knew that, so we were trying to give him the upper hand. Unfortunately it didn’t work out that way.”

Friday’s race was the first for Kreidel since Puturseatbelton was sixth April 23, 2017, also at Laurel. She quit full-time riding after the 2006 season but has had at least one mount in seven of 10 years since 2010. Starting in 1991, Kreidel won 190 races from 2,530 mounts with more than $3 million in purse earnings.

“I really do love riding races. I only retired because I just kept getting hurt too much,” Kreidel said. “When the opportunity came up to become a full-time outrider, I couldn’t turn it down. It’s a steady income, benefits and, being on my own horses, it’s a little safer. But, when the chance comes to ride in the afternoon, I don’t turn it down.”

Friday’s race was just the fourth starter for Aguirre Jr., 24, three of them coming with Red Clay Road. He has yet to register his first win while his father, also based at Laurel, owns 139 wins since 2001.

“He’s only been training for about the past month now,” Kreidel said. “I’m very excited for him.”

Kreidel gained recognition earlier this year for her outstanding catch of a loose Bodexpress following the May 18 Preakness Stakes (G1) at Pimlico Race Course. She took the rest of Friday off but will be back at her day job for Saturday’s 12-race Maryland Pride Day program.

Kaymarie Kreidel’s catch of Bodexpress at this year’s Preakness made headlines, but her horseback skills and determination have been known around the Mid-Atlantic region for many years

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