Rosie Napravnik won the Grade I Rodeo Drive Stakes at Santa Anita on Saturday, and came back on Sunday to win no fewer than three stakes at Remington Park to be named the Jockeys Guild Jockey of the Week. The title goes to the week’s outstanding jockey in the opinion of a panel of industry experts. They looked at races run from September 22-28.
In the Rodeo Drive Stakes, Napravnik rode the mild favorite Emollient to a half-length win after guiding the mare between horses on the backstretch.
“I had so much horse I knew I could wait until something opened up,” she said. “I was in a good position and could see where the holes were going to open up and she was really on her game today. When I rode her last time, she did the same thing and when I asked her, she was ready. I’m very thankful to Juddmonte and to Bill Mott to have me on her again.”
At Remington Park, she won the Kip Deville Stakes, the fourth race on the card, on Bayerd. She came back in the ninth race to win the Remington Park Oaks on Shanon Nicole, and then the tenth, the Remington Park Sprint Cup, on Mico Margarita.
Napravnik also finished the Kentucky Downs meet tied for first in wins, and second in earnings. Through the week, she won 9 times, with 4 seconds and 2 thirds from 23 starts, earning $608,930. She generated an average mutuel payoff of $7.00 on her nine winning tickets.
Napravnik, 26, began her career in 2005 and won her first race on June 9 of that year, riding Ringofdiamonds.
In 2006, she won 300 races, including her first stakes at Pimlico. She was runner-up to Julien Leparoux for the Eclipse Award for Outstanding Apprentice that year. She was Maryland’s top rider in 2008, and in 2010, she won her first graded stakes race, the Cicada Stakes at Aqueduct. She was the first woman to win the Louisiana Derby in 2011, riding Pants On Fire.
In 2012, she became the first woman jockey to win the Kentucky Oaks, riding Believe You Can. She went on to win the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile with Shanghai Bobby that autumn. That year saw her break Julie Krone’s records for total wins and earnings by a woman jockey.
Napravnik, who is the first woman to ride in all three Triple Crown races, is currently on track to land in the top 10 by earnings for the third straight year.
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