10/16/2014 5:24PM

Holiday Star completes three-win day for Napravnik, Motion

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Rosie Napravnik wins her third race of the card aboard Holiday Star in the Grade 3 Sycamore.

LEXINGTON, Ky. – Graham Motion and Rosie Napravnik capped a big Thursday at Keeneland when Holiday Star wore down pacesetting Red Rifle to win the Grade 3, $100,000 Sycamore Stakes.

Motion and Napravnik both won two preceding races on a nine-race card, including one together. The Sycamore triumph came when Napravnik coaxed Holiday Star into a nice rhythm when stalking Red Rifle before finally edging past in the final 100 yards to prevail by a half-length.

“The pace was so slow,” said Napravnik. “We were really just loping. He ran an excellent race.”

Holiday Star, a 4-year-old Pennsylvania-bred gelding by the late Harlan’s Holiday, returned $9.80 as third choice in a field of six older horses after finishing the 1 1/2-mile distance in 2:33.83 over soft turf. He is owned by his breeder, George Strawbridge Jr. of Augustin Stable.

Red Rifle, the 9-5 favorite, finished another half-length before Villandry, with Tricky Hat another 4 3/4 lengths back. Unitarian, the 2-1 second choice making his first start in nearly six months, was never a threat when finishing fifth.

Holiday Star now has won 4 of 13 career starts, with the Sycamore being his first stakes win after nose defeats in his two prior races, both ungraded stakes.

“This horse deserved to win, so I was thrilled to see him do it,” said Motion, who was on hand from his Maryland base. “It was a nice day to visit.”

The $2 exacta (3-4) paid $27.80, the $1 trifecta (3-4-5) returned $69.90, and the 10-cent superfecta (3-4-5-2) was worth $15.18.

Motion’s prior Thursday winners came with Rapscallion ($7.20), ridden by Napravnik, and Quadrivium ($35.40), ridden by John Velazquez. Napravnik’s other winner came for her husband, owner-trainer Joe Sharp, on Gallant Eagle ($4.80).

Attendance on a misty, chilly afternoon was 8,529.



Rodney More than 1 year ago
Jackson, Jackson, Good luck with the book . Its a tome that needs to be written... Hope you will sign a first edition for me..
anna villafane More than 1 year ago
Mary Hart, Robyn Smith, Julie Krone, Rosie Napravnik....and many others to come.
Frank Reach More than 1 year ago
Let's not forget Sandi Gann. She was one of the absolute greats.
akhiym james More than 1 year ago
Patti Cooksey either she was good too
akhiym james More than 1 year ago
Rosemary Homeister Jr too
tommy More than 1 year ago
Rosie is the best female jockey ever! She will also be the first women to win the kentucky derby, only time will tell, but she will come through, she always does ; )
Frank Reach More than 1 year ago
Rosie is a true star in this great sport. We should all enjoy watching her work while we can. I saw her in an interview and I know she has a life plan which includes eventually being a Mom. In the interview she eluded to the fact that when she decides to be a Mother, her riding days may be over. Either way, I wish her the best and I hope she rides for another decade. She is awesome.