09/30/2012 6:29PM

Belmont: Napravnik headed to Kentucky, then Louisiana

Barbara D. Livingston
Rosie Napravnik intends to begin riding in Kentucky when Keeneland opens this week and spend the winter at Fair Grounds in New Orleans.

 ELMONT, N.Y. - Jockey Rosie Napravnik, who has spent the last five months riding regularly in New York, will move her tack to Kentucky this week and then New Orleans later this year, she said Sunday.

 Napravnik will ride at Keeneland when that meet opens Friday, then move on to Churchill Downs at the end of October before returning to Fair Grounds, when the meet opens on Thanksgiving Day. She will be represented by agent Derek Ducoing.

Napravnik, 24, has been the leading rider at the last two Fair Ground Thoroughbred meetings.


 “Ever since I got here it was a question of what I was going to do next and I always said it would depend on the business that I had and the horses that I was riding,” Napravnik said after she rode Kauai Katie to victory in Sunday’s Grade 2, $200,000 Matron at Belmont Park. “I just didn’t feel that I had strong enough business to go to Florida and it’s sort of hard to stay with the real good horses at Aqueduct.”

 Napravnik rode 70 winners from 562 mounts on the New York Racing Association circuit. She ranked 10th in wins and ninth in purse earnings.

 Napravnik said she hopes to return to New York next spring.

 Her victory in the Matron pushed Napravnik’s 2012 purse earnings pasthe $9 million mark. She has won 148 races this year, including the Grade 1 Kentucky Oaks.

 Napravnik will be at Belmont next Saturday to ride Shanghai Bobby in the Grade 1 Champagne.


HandicapperErni More than 1 year ago
I think Rosie is making a wise decision now looking at her reasoning. Maybe her business at Gulfstream won’t be strong enough so that’s why I think she’ll be winning races left and right at the Fair Grounds since she typically wins in a landslide there. As for Kentucky, well am sure she’ll give Julien Leparoux a run for his money maybe at Churchill Downs but I don’t know about Keeneland. I think if she was going to Aqueduct like she did for a couple of winters didn't really make that much sense so that's why she won't go plus the real horses are at Gulfstream but choose FG. Her east coast business seemed to be doing well this year since she made the move to New York. But the thing with her is that when she wins left and right she goes on a slump and its like a 2-3 week one. Then she starts winning again. She finished 5th at the Belmont spring/summer and 8th in the Saratoga standings an underperforming meet but still did well. She is currently riding for pletcher the two star two year olds in Kauai Katie and Shanghai Bobby. Suprised she's gone this far in her success. I think she’s the modern day version of Julie Krone.
Pale Rider More than 1 year ago
I vote to have Chantal go back to Canada and have Rosie ride in CA.
HandicapperErni More than 1 year ago
Good one.
Michael Jacob More than 1 year ago
Rosie, Julie you are not. Maybe you should of whipped another jockey, then you would of became famous.
denali1 More than 1 year ago
Hey Rosie ya gave a shot her in NY. She really has nothing to be ashamed of...shes young and got some experience best of luck. Your a good rider and the future is bright!!
Josh More than 1 year ago
There is no disputing this lady can ride. Her agressiveness is her trump card and anyone in the game realizes the fragility of the players. She leaves a great agent in Drew Molicar but he isn't crying because his main man is having another great year. Rosie is the top female rider in the country bar none and will do well anywhere she hangs her tack. New Orleans has embraced her and with Albarados problems I would expect her to capture the Fairgrounds title again. She can ride folks and she has track records with these cajun trainers now,
Kevin Casey More than 1 year ago
Rosie is good and she is going to be missed. Zito should have kept her on Fast Falcon and that horse may have done better in The Jockey Gold Cup !!!!!!!
William Eisele More than 1 year ago
I know everybody has an opinion, and while they are entitiled , it just befuddles me the ignorance that some of these people have about the game.................
Jeffries Will More than 1 year ago
your loss!
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TomN More than 1 year ago
amber, chill...like leRoy Jolley once said, "you don't play this game in tennis shoes"...pointing the finge and blaming others is the easy and sophmorc thing to do.
Dave Schuler More than 1 year ago
A Lot More Owners @ Trainers Kill Horses Than Jockeys (Your Attitude Sucks)-lolk-DS
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denali1 More than 1 year ago
Kinda sad u think this way amber even more sad you own horses with a comment like that. I sure would be interested who trains for you. This is a young woman who has some talent why would she jeopardize her career and abuse horses think about it before you make irrational comments such as this.
Dave Schuler More than 1 year ago
What About The Trainers That Put A Jockey Up On A Sore Or Worse Horse ?-Do THey Know They About To Eat Dirt?(Do You Tell Your Trainer Not To Do That?-lolk-DS