Rosie is almost guaranteed to win the title for the Fair Grounds Winter meet [Nov 22 - Mar 31].
With less than 20-days left in the meet, Rosie Napravnik has just about wrapped up her third straight Fair Grounds riding title. Through Monday, Napravnik had a 35-win lead, 100-65, over second-place James Graham.
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Big props - although a bit of an expected victory - for Rosie to fly out to Santa Anita today (Mar 16th) to win the 76th running of the Grade 1 Santa Margarita Stakes with Joyful Victory for trainer Larry Jones and owner Rick Porter.
She still paid an "ok" $4.20 for the win Joyful Victory is now a millionaire mare.
“You can almost classify her as just ‘jockey,’ now,” said Jones following the Joyful Victory in the Santa Margarita before 13,865 fans. “You don’t have to put ‘woman’ on there anymore. She’s talented. And horses love to run for her. I’ve had some horses that are somewhat lazy horses. I didn’t think Rosie would fit them, but Rosie didn’t have a call so I put them on them and the horses weren’t lazy anymore. She just can communicate with them. And now that we are more personal friends and go riding and things like that when we’re not racing I’ve learned what a great horseperson she is. She’s been doing this since she was a baby. No, this girl is talented. Barring any injuries, and God bless her she’s been lucky to come back from the injuries she’s had, but if she can stay healthy, believe me, she’ll go down in the history book.”
Napravnik could have a big day here on Florida Derby day. In addition to riding Shanghai Bobby in the main event, she will also have the call on Take Charge Indy, if he goes, in the Grade 3 Skip Away. Take Charge Indy had his first major work since finishing third in the Grade 1 Donn Handicap, breezing six furlongs in 1:14 at Palm Meadows on Sunday.
“He’s also nominated to the New Orleans Handicap,” said trainer Pat Byrne, “but we’re leaning towards the Skip Away because it would be a lot easier to ship him 45 minutes to Gulfstream rather than all the way to New Orleans to face Graydar.
“Another reason is we can get Rosie to ride him since we’ve already been told Johnny [Velazquez] is riding Cigar Street in the Skip Away for Bill Mott”
Mission accomplished with four mounts Wed March 20th and going 1-2-0
Leading Fair Grounds jockey Rosie Napravnik hit her second major milestone in the eighth race on Wednesday. Napravnik rode Steve Asmussen trainee Ronda Michelle to a three-length win in an $10,000 maiden claiming race.
"It seems like just yesterday I was winning my first race at Pimlico, so I think it came a little quicker than I figured it might," Napravnik told the media following the race. "I'm just very thankful for each and every one of the wins and all of the people that helped me to achieve them."
The 25-year-old leads the nation in 2013 victories with 91 heading into Thursday’s racing, 13 more than second-place Juan Diaz. Her 14 stakes triumphs also rank on top, with Hall of Famer John Velazquez next at 12.
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.
The goal is the same: to make Napravnik known by the average sports fan and therefore elevate the popularity of her sport.
Sounds like a hot to trot agent. I'm trying to visualize RN in a candy bar ad. She is a good candidate for fame. Great stats, attractive and has a touch of class. Dang, the girl is ahead of Johnny V, that is speaking volumes for her talent.
Popular jockey Rosie Napravnik has agreed to join the board of directors for the Old Friends Thoroughbred retirement group. The organization is based in Georgetown, Ky., with a satellite near Saratoga Springs, N.Y.
While today in the Grade 1 Met Mile (a sensational race!) and 45th running of the Grade 1 $400,000 Ogden Phipps Handicap it wasn't Rosie's day (despite have very good mounts in each) at least she did convincingly win the Grade 1 $300k Acorn Stakes for fillies on Bob Baffert trained Midnight Lucky.