Drenched in water and covered in baby powder and shaving cream, all courtesy of her fellow Monmouth Park jockeys, Maria Maysonett was able to wipe away all but one thing Saturday: Her smile.
The 23-year-old apprentice jockey notched her first victory in the United States when she rallied favored Malekith from far back to capture the 11th race on Saturday at Monmouth, breaking through to win a race in her fourth career mount.
“There's a little relief, but mostly I'm very happy and very excited,” she said.
The native of Torreon, Mexico, who is married to journeyman rider Francisco Maysonett, made her debut in the U.S. on Aug. 11, when she finished second aboard Candy For All at Monmouth Park for trainer Derek Ryan.
Trainer Luis Carvajal, Jr. took notice of that race and gave the triple bug a chance aboard Malekith.
“I was impressed when I saw her ride her first race,” said Carvajal. “She looks good on a horse. I think she has a great future.”
Maysonett was quickly hit by a barrage of water from several jockeys as she left the winner's circle, with the remainder of the track's jockeys waiting for her just outside the jockey's room when she returned. She received the full treatment of water, shaving cream and baby powder – the traditional celebratory ritual for a jockey's first victory.
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