LAUREL -- Andrea Seefeldt, the leading woman jockey at Laurel Race Course, won her first Maryland stakes race this year when she guided Star Minister to a 2 1/4 -length victory yesterday over Singing Ring in the Pearl Necklace Stakes.
Seefeldt, 29, has won three 1992 stakes at Philadelphia and Delaware parks, but none locally until yesterday. She missed riding for the first three months of the year when she was sidelined with a broken collarbone.
Star Minister galloped faster than Singing Ring for the lead, then under a mere hand ride by Seefeldt won in the easiest possible way.
"It's so hard to sit still and do nothing," Seefeldt said. "But this is a temperamental filly and she sulks when she's hit."
Star Minister earned $45,000 and increased her career total to $203,530.
It was the sixth 1992 stakes victory for Baltimore County owner Robert Meyerhoff and his trainer Dick Small. They have also won added-money races this year with Valley Crossing, Frottage and Sticks and Bricks.
The field for the Pearl Necklace, which was restricted to Maryland-bred, 3-year-old fillies, scratched down from 10 to seven starters after the race was transferred from the grass to the main track.
Mz. Zill Bear, who had been undefeated in two turf starts, still competed even though the race was run on the dirt and finished third.
Earlier on the card, the lowest payoff ever for the first part of the Double Triple was recorded in the third race. The Double Triple is comprised of the first three finishers of the third and fifth races. Nutbush Jig, Peregrine Falcon and Home James Alfred, the three favorites, finished in that order in the third race and returned $9.30.