Andrea Seefeldt has been married only a week.
Although she gained a husband, it's costing her one of the choicest mounts today in the Woodlawn Stakes at Pimlico Race Course.
Seefeldt was set to ride Older But Smarter, one of the favorites in the $50,000 grass race, for her brother, Paul.
But under the rules of Maryland racing, a jockey is not allowed to ride against a spouse's horse.
Seefeldt and the groom, Larry Knight Jr., had hardly made it down the aisle when the problem occurred.
Knight owns one racehorse, Tango's Bid, and he plans to run him today in the Woodlawn Stakes.
Either Seefeldt has to ride her husband's horse, a long shot, or not ride in the race at all.
"I guess you would say it's the first disagreement of our marriage," Seefeldt, who is Maryland's leading woman jockey, said yesterday. "I've tried my best to talk him out of running in the race, but he won't be swayed.
"I really wanted to ride Older But Smarter, but now I've got to give 100 percent on Tango's Bid and try to beat my brother.
"Maybe my husband's horse is better than I think it is. And actually, it's nice to be able to ride for him."
Paul Seefeldt said he's irked by the rule. "I think it's antiquated," he said. "I've lost so many races where Andrea has beaten me when she rode another horse. Now, she's forced to ride against me."
Paul Seefeldt has named Mike Luzzi, second to Edgar Prado this year in Maryland stakes wins, to ride Older But Smarter.
The 3-year-old colt is a story in himself.
He was purchased by one of Paul Seefeldt's clients, Vincent Drecehio, a Baltimore masonry contractor, two years ago at the Timonium yearling sales.
"Vince had cashed a Triple ticket and had won $15,000," Seefeldt said. "So he had that much money to spend on a horse. We went to the sale and picked out two yearlings. Our number one choice was a gray filly named Two Raises Only. The second choice was Older But Smarter."
Older But Smarter came into the ring first. "He was small and plain, but I really liked him," Seefeldt said. "He had kind of a macho look to him. In fact, that's what we call him around the barn, Macho Man. We thought the filly, who was really beautiful, might go for $40,000 or $50,000. So when Older But Smarter only went for $15,000, Vince got him."
A few horses later, Two Raises Only came into the ring and when the bidding stopped at $13,500, Drecehio owned her, too.
"He took in some partners, so he could buy both horses," Seefeldt said.
After Older But Smarter won the Vanlandingham Stakes at Laurel last fall by 13 lengths, Drecehio was offered $200,000 for the colt.