Rosie Napravnik

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    Rosie Napravnik
    record at keeneland
    total wins:64
    stakes wins:3
    First Grade 1 Win:
    2012 Kentucky Oaks at Churchill Downs on Believe You Can.
    First Stakes Win:
    2006 Harrison E. Johnson Memorial at Laurel on Reckless Ways.
    First Graded Stakes Win:
    2010 Cicada (G3) at Aqueduct on Liam's Dream.
    First Career Win:
    June 9, 2005, at Pimlico with her first mount, Ringofdiamonds.
    Born:
    February 9, 1988 in Mendham, N.J.
    Biography:

    At Keeneland:

    • First female jockey to be Keeneland’s leading rider when she won 17 races during the 2013 Fall Meet. Also was the leading rider of the 2014 Fall Meet, during which she won three races on Oct. 16. Wins that day included the Sycamore (G3) on Holiday Star.
    • Won four races on Oct. 25, 2013.
    • First Keeneland win came during the 2010 Fall Meet.
    • First Keeneland stakes win was the 2010 Pin Oak Valley View (G3) on Fugitive Angel. Also won the 2013 Hilliard Lyons Doubledogdare (G3) on Ice Cream Silence.

    Career:

    • Announced her retirement in the winner’s circle after riding Untapable to win the Breeders’ Cup Distaff (G1) on Nov. 1, 2014, at Santa Anita. From 2005-2014, she won 1,877 races and rode the earners of $71,396,717. (Julie Krone is the all-time leading female jockey by earnings with $90,126,584.)
    • Breeders’ Cup wins (2): 2014 Distaff (G1) on Untapable; 2012 Juvenile (G1) on Shanghai Bobby.
    • Became the first female rider to win the Kentucky Oaks (G1) when she rode Believe You Can to victory in 2012. Won the race again in 2014 on Untapable.
    • Became the first female rider to top $10 million in single-season North American earnings in 2012 and rank as high as eighth among all North American riders when her mounts earned $12,451,713. (Julie Krone’s previous record from 1992 was $9,216,622, and she finished ninth twice.) In 2013, Rosie was eighth again, with earnings of $13,243,502, and was ranked fifth by wins with 269. In 2014, she was seventh with career-best mount earnings of $13,491,493 when she won 188 races.
    • Leading rider in 2014 at Fair Grounds and at Kentucky Downs (in a tie), where she won four races on Sept. 10.
    • Also rode Untapable to win the Pennsylvania Derby (G1) during the filly’s championship 3-year-old season.
    • Profiled on “60 Minutes” in 2013.
    • Leading rider at Kentucky Downs in 2013.
    • Leading rider at Fair Grounds three times -- 2010-2011, 2011-2012 and 2012-2013.
    • Won four stakes at Fair Grounds on Feb. 2, 2013, including the Tiffany Lass, and three stakes on Feb. 23, including the Rachel Alexandra (G3) and Mineshaft (G3).
    • Won two Grade 3 races at Arlington Park on July 13, 2013 -- the Arlington Handicap and Stars and Stripes.
    • Won five races at Fair Grounds on March 4, 2012.
    • 2011 earnings were $6,494,492, and she won with 23% of her mounts.
    • First female jockey to win the $1 million Louisiana Derby (G2) when she rode Pants On Fire to win in 2011.
    • Scored career win No. 1,000 on Oct. 27, 2010, at Delaware Park on Laughing Charlie.
    • In 2006, she won all four titles at the Pimlico and Laurel meets and finished second to Julien Leparoux in balloting for the Eclipse Award as outstanding apprentice jockey.
    • On the board of Old Friends, a farm for retired Thoroughbreds located near Georgetown, Ky., that has a satellite facility in New York, and is an avid supporter of the organization.

    Background:

    Rosie grew up on a New Jersey farm and decided she wanted to be a jockey at age 7 after riding in her first pony race. At 16, she took out a license with the National Steeplechase Association and began riding as A.R. Napravnik while launching a history-making career as a jockey. From 2005-2014, Rosie won 1,877 races and rode the earners of $71,396,717. (Julie Krone is the all-time leading female jockey by earnings with $90,126,584.)

    Rosie is married to trainer Joe Sharp and serves as his assistant. They are expecting their first child, a son, in June 2015.

    She also is on the board of Old Friends Farm, a Thoroughbred retirement facility in Georgetown, Ky., with a satellite farm in New York. She is heavily involved in promoting off-the-track Thoroughbreds and often demonstrates their versatility on a horse she rode to two wins in Maryland. That horse, Old Ironsides, or “Sugar,” also has been a stable pony.

    Rosie has not ruled out a return as a jockey.

    “I feel like people think I’m keeping that decision a secret, but I’m really not,” she told The Advocate of Baton Rouge, La., in January 2015. “I’m just playing things by ear. I’m really excited about the baby, and I’m having fun with what I’m doing now.”

 

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