Rosie Napravnik

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    Rosie Napravnik
    record at keeneland
    total wins:63
    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 (through Spring 2014):

    • First female jockey to be Keeneland’s leading rider when she won 17 races during the 2013 Fall Meet.
    • 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:

    • Breeders’ Cup win: 2012 Breeders’ Cup 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.
    • 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 Handicap (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.
    • Earnings for 2011 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.

    “What fun it has been to watch her year unfold,” said Racing Hall of Fame rider Julie Krone of Napravnik in 2012. “She is in new territory: being one of the top 10 jockeys in the U.S.A."

    “Her tactical savvy in a race is as good as they come. Her gift of the feel or touch for the Thoroughbred is remarkable. As a rider one of the best compliments I got in the 1980s was a valet that said, ‘You look like a man on a horse.’ This has been said of Rosie many times as well. Her talents are only second to her determination. I suspect this won’t be her last visit to the Top 10 list. She has all the qualities of a champion.”

 

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