04/16/2013 4:25PM

Kentucky Derby: Napravnik gets another shot at the roses

Lou Hodges Jr./Hodges Photography
Rosie Napravnik teamed with Mylute at Fair Grounds for a romping win.

Rosie Napravnik became the first female rider to win the Kentucky Oaks last year on Believe You Can, and she will get a chance to become the first female rider to win the Kentucky Derby on May 4 after being named Tuesday to ride Mylute, who finished second most recently in the Louisiana Derby under Shaun Bridgmohan.

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Mylute, trained by Tom Amoss, has raced nine times, with two wins. One of those victories came the lone time Napravnik was aboard, when he scored a 10 3/4-length victory in an allowance race at Fair Grounds on Dec. 26.

“I’m very excited to have the mount on Mylute in the Derby,” Napravnik said. “I was impressed with the way he won when I rode him at Fair Grounds, and also with his gutsy performance in the Louisiana Derby.”

Napravnik is one of just six female jockeys to compete in the Derby. Her only previous Derby mount came in 2011, aboard Pants On Fire, who finished ninth.

Mylute, a son of Midnight Lute, is owned in partnership by the GoldMark Farm of T. Paul Bulmahn, and the Whisper Hill Farm of Mandy Pope.

Bulmahn is the chairman of Houston, Texas-based ATP Oil and Gas, which filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection last year. ATP develops oil and natural gas, primarily in the North Sea, Gulf of Mexico, and Mediterranean. In February, ATP was sued by the United States Department of Justice, alleging violations of the Clean Water Act regarding the discharge of oil and chemical dispersants in the Gulf of Mexico.

Both Bulmahn and Pope own farms in Florida. Pope is best known for acquiring Horse of the Year Havre de Grace at auction last year for $10 million.

In a statement put out by GoldMark and Whisper Hill, the owners said they felt “fortunate to have [Napravnik] back.”

In other Derby developments:

◗ Paul Aguirre, the trainer of Tiz a Minister, said owner Stephen Young is still contemplating a Derby start. Tiz a Minister has 20 points on the system used by Churchill Downs to determine the Derby field if the race has more than the maximum 20 entrants, which still seems possible despite several prominent defections in recent weeks. Tiz a Minister most recently finished fourth in the Santa Anita Derby.

Govenor Charlie, who won the Sunland Derby in his last start, was scheduled to arrive at Churchill Downs on Tuesday afternoon following a flight from California.

Ken More than 1 year ago
The horse will be "alive" for the derby but has no chance of winning the race, but I hope she and the horse have a safe trip.
Billy Spathanas More than 1 year ago
Come Kentucky Derby, Rosie will be on a Live Mount in Mylute....
Chris Lowe More than 1 year ago
There goes my price.
Samantha Lobdell More than 1 year ago
I'm finding all this rage developing in both stories on this site ironic. I live in upstate NY and I remember people around here (including myself, I'll readily admit) getting excited because of Rosie riding at Saratoga. Except for some self-appointed racing experts, commenting on news stories and message boards who insisted her Fair Grounds riding titles meant nothing because of who she was riding against. Shaun's name came up more than once. One comment, almost exactly, was "who did she beat down there? Shaun Bridgmohan?" Fast forward a year, Shaun gets bumped off a Derby mount and suddenly he's good enough to ride in the Kentucky Derby and way better than the woman he got replaced with. The same woman that dusted him at Fair Grounds. I have nothing against Shaun Bridgmohan. He's winning races, he obviously knows what he's doing. Everyone's entitled to their opinion. And maybe this shows how casual a fan I am, but I sometimes wish the "experts" would make up their mind.
Elaine Parkinson More than 1 year ago
To clear up any confusion (my handicapping ego), I should admit that I was probably 5 or 6 deep in that Ky Oaks leg and Rosie was about 9/1 or better M/L. It was the best price in the sequence is my recollection; but Rosie did come through for me. I used the 2nd place horse as well but I don't think the price was as good.
Elaine Parkinson More than 1 year ago
I hit that Pick 4 with Rosie/Believe You Can and it was $1.5K and change. That made me a believer in Rosie N. Other than that nice front running score on a big day, I don't really believe that I placed any emphasis on Rosie as a jockey since then. Now, if Rosario is on something that is 9/2 or higher at Gulfstream or N.Y., I make it a point to look further. I should be biased, but I'm not... not about money and horses.
D More than 1 year ago
Here is the deal... I don't know Rosie personally but she seems to be a class act. With that said if you think because she is riding the horse I all of a sudden am going to re-handicap your crazy! Congrats to Rosie for picking up a mount in the KY Derby. Shawn Bridgemouhan would have done just a good job if not better I am sure. He knows Churchill way better then Rosie does, that is for sure. And I would much rather have him closing ground to get to the wire then Rosie. I think Rosie is a much better pace jock then come from behind and Mylute has no chance being near the front of this pack in this years Derby field.
Lise McLain More than 1 year ago
Hi! Congratulations to Rosie for getting a mount for the Kentucky Derby! Good luck, Rosie! Become the first female jockey to win the Kentucky Derby. Thank you! Lise from Maine
Lise McLain More than 1 year ago
Hi! Congratulations to Rosie for getting a mount for the Kentucky Derby. Good luck, Rosie! Become the first female to win the Kentucky Derby. WinStar Farm is running a contest regarding selecting a jockey for their horse, Revolutionary, and Rosie came in first the last I looked on their website. Now, who will get the mount on Revolutionary since Rosie has been named the jockey to board Mylute? How about Edgar Prado? He has won many stakes races lately with Graydar being one of them. Once again, gook luck, Rosie! Thank you! Lise from Maine
Ceil Rock More than 1 year ago
Calvin Borel will be riding Revolutionary.
Mike Pannuzzo More than 1 year ago
Lise I believe Calvin Borel will be riding Revolutionary
fourroads910 More than 1 year ago
She annihilate SB at the FG meet that why she got the call
Patrick Prendergast More than 1 year ago
Sure by riding a lot of the 1-2 favorites
John Howland More than 1 year ago
You earn the right to ride 1-2 shots.
Mark Scheider More than 1 year ago
Truth. Patrick, 1-2 odds horses at this point tend to fall behind, top bloodstock, big trainers and power house ownership. Bozos do not ride those horses. Rosie has obviously earned the right. As far as females, she is #1 in the industry without question.
Patrick Prendergast More than 1 year ago
For a female yes she's is good.but how would u liked if u put in all the work and someone else reaps the benefit.she run away from this horse to ride shanghai Bobbi