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.