Rosie Napravnik isn’t only the best female jockey in the country, she is now the fifth-leading jockey in North America by earnings in 2013, proving her metal once again by winning 5 out of 13 races at Kentucky Downs on Wednesday.
That was fun," Napravnik said of her performance at the undulating and uniquely configured 1 5/16-mile course. "It reminds me of when I was a kid, riding horses on the steeplechase circuit (albeit without the hurdles). "There's a dynamic here that takes some time to learn."
Anna Rose "Rosie" Napravnik,born February 9, 1988 in Morristown, NJ grew up around horses as the daughter of a farrier and show horse trainer, finally taking out her jock’s license in 2005. Within a year she finished 31st in the national earnings statistics with 300 winners out of 1,465 mounts for $6,395,075 in purse money. She also captured riding titles at both Pimlico Race Course and Laurel Park Racecourse in Maryland at all four meets, and was second only to Julien Leparoux for the Eclipse Award for Outstanding Apprentice Jockey in 2006 that year.
By 2012 she was 8th for the year in national earnings, and became the first female jock to win the Kentucky Oaks aboard Believe You Can, as well as only the second woman to win a Breeder’s Cup race when she took the Juvenile aboard Shanghai Bobby.
This year she became the first woman to ride in all three of the Triple Crown races, finishing third in the Preakness with Mylute.