Girl, 17, wins at Pimlico in her debut as jockey

June 10, 2005|By FROM STAFF REPORTS

Anna Rosie Napravnik, 17, had long dreamed of becoming a jockey. In yesterday's opening race at Pilmico Race Course, the former exercise rider made that dream a reality, winning aboard Ringofdiamonds, her first official mount.

Guiding the 4-year-old filly, Napravnik gunned for the lead and slowly increased it throughout the race. She peeked back at her competition several times before crossing the wire two lengths in front, timed in 1:47 2/5 for 1 1/16 miles.

Ringofdiamonds, a bay daughter of Diamond, is trained by Richard Small, for whom Napravnik has worked since early 2004.

"That was so much fun," Napravnik said. "Since I was about 7 years old, I've dreamed of becoming a jockey. ... To be riding here today is pretty major."

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