Female Jockey Riding for History at Kentucky Derby
Rosie Napravnik aims to become first woman to win
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted May 3, 2014 1:07 PM CDT
Jockey Rosie Napravnik answers questions at Churchill Downs May 1 in Louisville, Ky.   (Garry Jones)

(Newser) – She started out her career disguising her gender, riding under the initials AR Napravnik. In the male-dominated world of horse racing, Anna Rose Napravnik figured she'd have better luck if nobody noticed a woman's name in the track program. Nine years later, Rosie Napravnik is one of the rising stars in the sport, having long ago discarded her ruse. Now the 26-year-old from New Jersey will try to make history today and become the first woman to ride a Kentucky Derby winner.

She's facing a built-in challenge on her third try, however: Her horse, Vicar's In Trouble, drew the dreaded No. 1 spot in the starting gate. With 19 horses on his outside fighting to move inside to save ground, he and Napravnik will be under the gun when the gate springs open. "He gets out of that gate fast every single time," says Napravnik. "If I have to ride somebody out of there, I'm glad it's him." They were 22-1 long shots as of this afternoon, with California Chrome the heavy favorite at 2-1, notes the Star-Ledger. Race time is 6:32pm Eastern.

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HANKHILL
May 4, 2014 1:43 PM CDT
you go gal good luck
iq145
May 3, 2014 9:39 PM CDT
She's a cutie. She can ride me next...
nancyjo
May 3, 2014 8:41 PM CDT
Here are her statistics: 2014 Statistics: Starts: 469 Firsts: 105 Seconds: 78 Thirds: 57 Earnings: $5,360,203 Avg. Earnings Per Start: $11,429 Career Statistics: Starts: 9,325 Firsts: 1,793 Seconds: 1,584 Thirds: 1,372 Earnings: $63,023,394 Avg. Earnings Per Start: $6,759 She is a well respected jockey.