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Abigail Fuller, 52, Wins First Race at Gulfstream
By Ed Gray
HALLANDALE BEACH, FL – Jockey Abigail Fuller, who rode with great success during the 1980s and 1990s, rode her first winner at Gulfstream Park Sunday aboard Rule Number Six in the second race.
The 52-year-old veteran rider, who returned to riding 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 (G1). Mom’s Command, the 1985 3-year-old filly champion, has been inducted into Thoroughbred Racing’s Hall of Fame.
Fuller, the mother of three who has ridden 581 winners, set most of the pace aboard the Ron Gaffney-trained 14-1 long shot in Sunday’s 1 1/16-mile race for maidens and out-gamed 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.”