LAUREL -- After three weeks of denial during her comeback from a fractured collarbone, Andrea Seefeldt hit the winner's circle in the fifth race yesterday at Laurel Race Course.
"I was getting a little frustrated," she said after a 2 1/2 -length victory aboard Glor's Delight, trained by her brother Paul. "I was watching some of my old mounts win and it was getting to me.
"It was fitting that I won on one of my brother's horses because when I broke my pelvis in 1988, my first win back was on one of his also. It felt like old hat, really."
The only female jockey in racing history to win one of the 26 derbies (Pennsylvania Derby last Labor Day), Seefeldt suffered her latest serious injury last Nov. 3 when was thrown from the saddle after her mount was unable to avoid another horse that had broken down.
Officially, the comeback started Feb. 21 at Philadelphia Park after rehabilitation at her Reisterstown home by riding a wooden horse. "The best thing to do to get fit for riding is ride," she said.
She said she is 100 percent again and has to remind herself which side (the left) was broken.
"The only thing I lost was my business and the momentum I had," she said. "Now, it's tough getting any live mounts, especially if you're not one of the top five [jockeys]. With the short fields, it's even harder."
She received the mount on Glor's Delight because Joe Rocco "had a double call" in the race, then overtook front-running Sofuls by coming wide through the stretch.
"Nothing before this has been close," she said. "I had a couple of seconds, but the winner won by like six lengths. I don't know how many I've ridden before this since I've been back. I stopped counting after 10."
So, Seefeldt is available again in case another opening arises for the Kentucky Derby. She realized her greatest dream in racing last year when she was named aboard Forty Something in the Run for the Roses the day before the race. She was only the third female jockey to compete in America's most prestigious race.
"You doubt that will happen again," she said. "But you never know. It was a total surprise. I want to go back and win it."
NOTES: Track officials will hold another town meeting for fans to air their opinions after racing shifts to Pimlico. Scheduled for April 4 at 11:30 a.m., it follows up a well-received meeting with track management at Laurel on Feb. 23. "We gained a great deal of insight regarding fans' concerns, and received much constructive criticism," said Joe De Francis, president of the two tracks. "We expect the same sort of dialogue to develop with our Pimlico patrons." After the first meeting, several actions were taken, including reinstitution of the popular Pick 3 wager. . . . Two horses nominated for the Triple Crown won $18,000 allowance races on yesterday's card. Robert Meyerhoff's Frottage, running with Lasix for the first time, was a three-length victor in the eighth and paid $3.40. Devoka, from Stonecrest Stable, took the other division of the event for 3-year-olds by a nose over Majesty's Turn and returned $12.20. . . . Nick and Elaine Bassford almost struck again after taking stakes races last weekend with Ameri Valay and Brilliant Brass and a maiden event Tuesday with Eight Easy Steps. But their Brilliant Express, a 4-to-5 favorite in the third, was outlasted in a stretch duel with long shot Camping Out.