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By Steven Petrella and The Baltimore Sun | May 18, 2012
Rosie Napravnik has been establishing herself as one of the world's top female jockeys in 2012, which continued Friday afternoon as the ran away with the second-annual Female Jockey Challenge at Pimlico Race Course. The competition consisted of seven premier female riders, who earned points for finishing in the top four among challenge competitors in four different races. Napravnik finished with 34 points, while Tammy Piermarini, the runner-up, tallied 16. “I haven't had much luck in these challenges, but I guess it all changed today,” Napravnik, a Maryland native, said.
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June 1, 2014
With a strong wind at his back as he came through the Belmont Park stretch, Triple Crown hopeful California Chrome breezed a half-mile in 47.69 seconds Saturday morning in his final serious move before the Grade 1, $1.5 million Belmont Stakes on Saturday. Under jockey Victor Espinoza, the Kentucky Derby and Preakness winner continued on strongly, caught in 59.93 for 5 furlongs, galloping out in 1:12.95 and credited with a double gallop-out in 1:26.28 over a fast track by New York Racing Association clockers.
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By Chris Korman | May 4, 2012
It's Oaks Day at Churchill Downs, and the color pink has grown over the vast grandstand and the sprawling infield. The “Pink Out” will help raise money for cancer charities, as it has done in recent years. That's all part of what the track has dubbed its “Ladies First” theme. Rosie Napravnik, who went to high school in Maryland and had a stint as the state's top jockey (winning all four titles in 2006), is hoping to become the first woman to win the race for top 3-year-old fillies.
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By Jeff Barker and The Baltimore Sun | May 17, 2014
Lt. Gov. Anthony G. Brown - a candidate in the Democratic gubernatorial primary - says he attended the Preakness Day as an "official state function" rather than a campaign event. He may be duty-bound to attend Maryland's signature horse-racing event, but that didn't prevent Brown and his wife, Karmen, from having some fun. And placing what he called “low-wager” bets. Not coincidentally, all of his picks had Maryland connections. Brown went with favorite California Chrome to win the Preakness.
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By Chris Korman | June 9, 2012
Rosie Napravnik became the first woman ever to win the Kentucky Oaks five weeks ago. Today, the former Hereford student who began her career in Maryland can become the second woman to win the Belmont - or any Triple Crown race, for that matter - on long shot Five Sixteen. She'll be trying to follow one of her idols, Julie Crone, who won it in 1993 on Colonial Affair. Five Sixteen has won only once, on Aquedcuct's inner track on March 14 against other maidens. He most recently ran fourth in a nine-furlong allowance race on April 18. At least he's fresh.
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By Chris Korman | May 11, 2013
An eighth Preakness starter has been named, and he will bring jockey Rosie Napravnik back to the state where her career began to ride for the first time in its premier race. Mylute, fifth at the Kentucky Derby, will run in the 138 th Preakness on Saturday. Trainer Tom Amoss informed Maryland Jockey Club officials of his decision after the colt went to the track Saturday morning. Napravnik is a blossoming star on the national stage, having appeared on “60 Minutes” and in The New York Times Magazine in the wake of signing an endorsement deal with Snickers.
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By Chris Korman, The Baltimore Sun | May 4, 2012
LOUISVILLE, Ky. - The red-headed girl who shocked Maryland horse racing with her daring debut in 2005 was coronated as an elite jockey Friday at Churchill Downs. Rosie Napravnik won the Kentucky Oaks on Believe You Can. She is the first woman to win the most important race for 3-year-old fillies in its 138-year history, and she did so in front of a crowd of 112,552. "This is how it feels to have your dreams come true," Napravnik said. Believe You Can convincingly won a late duel with Napravnik, a former Hereford student and top jockey in Maryland, extending her fist in celebration as she crossed the finish line.
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By Chris Korman, The Baltimore Sun | May 3, 2013
LOUISVILLE, Ky. - Baltimore lawyer Frank Morgan helped swimmer Michael Phelps , then 16 years old, select Peter Carlisle as his agent. Phelps was years away from stardom, but Carlisle aggressively marketed his client, hoping to eventually elevate him beyond the confines of an Olympic sport that mattered to a broad audience only every four years. Earlier this year, Carlisle signed another client - at the suggestion of Morgan - and put her on the Phelps plan. He's already signed a deal for jockey Rosie Napravnik to endorse Snickers - an agreement proposed before Carlisle learned that the candy bar was named for a horse - and has another in the works that could be announced before Preakness.
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By David Zurawik and The Baltimore Sun | April 26, 2013
CBS '60 Minutes' will feature a report Sunday night on Rosie Napravnik, the 25-year-old jockey who will be the only female riding in the Kentucky Derby. But there's a backstage story to the report that features another 25-year-old woman, Michelle Boniface St. John, who grew up on the Bonita farm in Darlington, who helped produce the '60 Minutes' piece. St. John, the daughter of Kevin C. and Chris Boniface, of the famous Maryland horse racing and training family, has been working at CBS News for the last four years.
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June 1, 2014
With a strong wind at his back as he came through the Belmont Park stretch, Triple Crown hopeful California Chrome breezed a half-mile in 47.69 seconds Saturday morning in his final serious move before the Grade 1, $1.5 million Belmont Stakes on Saturday. Under jockey Victor Espinoza, the Kentucky Derby and Preakness winner continued on strongly, caught in 59.93 for 5 furlongs, galloping out in 1:12.95 and credited with a double gallop-out in 1:26.28 over a fast track by New York Racing Association clockers.
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By Aaron Dodson, The Baltimore Sun | May 17, 2014
Abby Fuller dreamed of being a jockey as a little girl in 1968, but at the time there were no women yet in horse racing. Then came Barbara Jo Rubin, who became the first female jockey to win a race in 1969, giving Fuller hope for a future in the sport. Fuller, now a retired jockey, was among eight retired female jockeys to participate in the fifth and final running of the Lady for Legends for the Cure race on Friday. The race began in 2010 for breast cancer awareness and female empowerment in horse racing.
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Sun reports via Maryland Jockey Club | May 11, 2014
When Rosie Napravnik ventures to Pimlico Race Course to ride Bayern in Saturday's 139th running of the Preakness, the 26-year-old riding star can expect an emotional homecoming. A familiar face will not be there to greet her. Trainer Dickie Small, who gave her a leg up on her very first winner, died April 4. "There'll be a void at Pimlico," said Napravnik, who guided the Small-trained Ringofdiamonds to victory at Pimlico in her first career ride on June 9, 2005. "When I ride in big races and do well, he's one of the first people I think of. I know how proud of me he would be. " Small's presence will be missed next weekend, but Napravnik can expect a lot of support from family and friends at Pimlico as she attempts to realize a schoolgirl's dream of someday winning the Preakness, as well as the Kentucky Derby.
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By Childs Walker and The Baltimore Sun | May 3, 2014
LOUISVILLE, Ky. - Dallas Stewart did it again. A year ago, his horse, Golden Soul, finished second in the Kentucky Derby as a 34-1 underdog. On Saturday, the Kentucky-based trainer pulled off another second-place finish, this time with 38-1 underdog Commanding Curve. It wasn't exactly the result Stewart wanted. “I thought he had a heck of a shot,” he said. But he had to tip his cap to the winner, California Chrome, who exceeded his expectations. “I was just hoping California Chrome would kind of give in a little bit, but he didn't,” Stewart said.
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By Childs Walker, The Baltimore Sun | May 2, 2014
LOUISVILLE, KY. -- Heavy favorite Untapable blazed to victory in the Kentucky Oaks Friday, a triumph for jockey Rosie Napravnik and controversial trainer Steve Asmussen . Napravnik kept Untapable a few paces off the lead for much of the run, then pulled away to win by 41/2 lengths. The performance didn't quite match Rachel Alexandra's 20-length win in 2009, but the even-money favorite lived up to high expectations. "She is magnificent," said Napravnik, who was plenty good herself in winning a second Oaks.
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By Childs Walker and The Baltimore Sun | May 1, 2014
The Kentucky Derby is the main event, but it's possible the week's dominant star turn could come in Friday's Kentucky Oaks. Untapable is an overwhelming 4-5 favorite in the $600,000 stakes for fillies, and the question around Churchill Downs hasn't been if she'll win but by how much. Her trainer, Steve Asmussen, has been here before. In 2009, he watched his filly, Rachel Alexandra, burst onto the national scene with a 20-length victory in the Oaks. Two weeks later, she beat the boys in the Preakness on her way to Horse of the Year honors.
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From Sun staff reports | September 22, 2013
Robert Abbo Racing Stable's Immortal Eyes left the gate in a flash, opened up quickly on his rivals and won the $350,000 Frank J. DeFrancis Memorial Dash handily over the sloppy track Saturday at Laurel Park. The Fall Festival of Racing program also featured five open stakes races on the turf course plus the Jameela Stakes for Maryland-breds. Travis Dunkelberger and Immortal Eyes were 63/4 lengths in front of Saturday's Charm at the finish of the De Francis, in a time of 1 minute, 8.47 seconds for the 6-furlong distance.
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By Chris Korman, The Baltimore Sun | May 17, 2013
Maryland Jockey Club senior vice president for communications Mike Gathagan credentialed more than 1,600 media members for the 138th Preakness. We talked to a few of them to get their take on how Saturday's race might end up. Not surprisingly, they went heavy on even-money favorite Orb, with a healthy dose of Mylute, the top challenger out of the Kentucky Derby ridden by former Maryland leading rider Rosie Napravnik. Jennie Rees, Louisville Courier-Journal 1. Orb 2. Departing 3. Itsmyluckyday Jerry Bossert, New York Daily News 1. Orb 2. Itsmyluckyday 3. Goldencents Tim Wilkin, Albany Times Union 1. Itsmyluckyday 2. Orb 3. Goldencents Gary Mihoces, USA Today 1. Mylute 2. Orb 3. Goldencents Bill Dwyre, Los Angeles Times 1. Goldencents 2. Orb 3. Mylute Claire Novak, Blood Horse 1. Orb 2. Departing 3. Mylute Gabby Gaudet, Maryland Jockey Club analyst in waiting 1. Orb 2. Mylute 3. Goldencents Richard Migliore, HRTV 1. Orb 2. Departing 3. Will Take Charge
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By Childs Walker and The Baltimore Sun | May 1, 2014
The Kentucky Derby is the main event, but it's possible the week's dominant star turn could come in Friday's Kentucky Oaks. Untapable is an overwhelming 4-5 favorite in the $600,000 stakes for fillies, and the question around Churchill Downs hasn't been if she'll win but by how much. Her trainer, Steve Asmussen, has been here before. In 2009, he watched his filly, Rachel Alexandra, burst onto the national scene with a 20-length victory in the Oaks. Two weeks later, she beat the boys in the Preakness on her way to Horse of the Year honors.
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By Colleen Thomas and The Baltimore Sun | May 23, 2013
Rosie Napravnik will get another shot at history in the Belmont Stakes - just aboard a different horse than in her previous two Triple Crown races. On Thursday, trainer Bob Baffert announced that Napravnik will mount Code West in the Belmont Stakes on June 8 after connections to Mylute decided Wednesday to pull the horse out of the race. Napravnik rode Mylute in the first two jewels of the Triple Crown, finishing fifth in the Kentucky Derby and third in the Preakness. She also rode Code West to victory in the race after the Preakness, finishing comfortably in front of the pack.
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By Colleen Thomas and The Baltimore Sun | May 17, 2013
Kentucky Derby winner Orb is the even-money favorite for the Preakness, so the biggest topics leading up to the weekend have, obviously, been about his chances and how to beat him on Saturday. “The jockey was just here," Mylute jockey Rosie Napravnik, the fiery 25-year-old, shot back. "Ask him.” Though Napravnik eventually talked quite a bit about her thoughts on Orb and her possible strategies coming out of the gate -- Orb drew post-position No. 1, while Mylute is at No. 5 -- she has her own worries about Mylute.
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