Mary Rampellini Jan 16, 2021
A scroll through the social-media posts by apprentice jockey Yarmarie L. Correa features win picture after win picture after win picture.
The rookie rider collected 117 of them last year to lead all apprentice jockeys by wins in North America. She had 701 mounts, and they earned a cumulative $1,751,390. Correa also won the riding title at Thistledown.
For her impressive first season on the track, Correa is an Eclipse Award finalist for outstanding apprentice jockey of 2020.
Correa was a consistent performer across the board in 2020. In addition to her win total, she guided her mounts to 90 second-place finishes and 121 third-place finishes for a 46 percent in-the-money record, according to Daily Racing Form statistics.
Correa amassed much of her success at Thistledown. She won 76 races from 409 mounts at the track from June through October, with those horses earning more than $1 million. Correa also had 60 second-place finishes and 70 third-place finishes to help make for a 50 percent in-the-money record at Thistledown.
One of Correa’s signature horses last year was Cosi Momosi. She won five races on the filly between the meets at Thistledown and Mahoning Valley. At one point, Correa and Cosi Momosi built a three-race win streak, climbing the class ladder from the $5,000 conditioned-claiming ranks to the first-level allowance level. Correa has been the regular rider of Cosi Momosi, a daughter of Fast Anna, for owner and trainer Jason DaCosta.
Another top horse for Correa was allowance winner Golden Money. Correa also guided Golden Money to a third-place finish in the $100,000 Best of Ohio Endurance at Mahoning Valley.