11/17/2014 2:40PM

Napravnik gets misty during ceremony

Barbara D. Livingston
Rosie Napravnik, here after winning the Breeders' Cup Distaff, was honored by Churchill Downs on Saturday.

LOUISVILLE, Ky. - Rosie Napravnik was temporarily overcome with emotion when addressing an appreciative crowd Saturday while being honored by Churchill Downs for her numerous feats as a jockey.

In halting words, Napravnik, who is expecting a baby in June and stopped competitive riding as of Nov. 1, said: “I want to thank the guys that are down here – most of the jockeys – for helping me become a better rider in a great colony.”

She then calmed herself when thanking a handful of owners instrumental in her career, including Jack Wolf, Ken Ramsey, Ron Winchell, and Brereton Jones.
A video tribute was played on the infield board, highlighted by Napravnik’s two wins in the Kentucky Oaks. She was given numerous gifts, including a plaque proclaiming her a new member of the Honorable Order of Kentucky Colonels. In addition, Saturday was proclaimed “Rosie Napravnik Day” in Louisville by Mayor Greg Fischer.

Napravnik will continue to work behind the scenes in assisting her husband, trainer Joe Sharp, telling the crowd she would “be around … just in a different outfit.”

nick More than 1 year ago
She is a great rider. And I will bet she is not done.
Richard More than 1 year ago
I love this gal. too bad some other folks don't have what she has..DIGNITY..
Donald Todd LaLonde More than 1 year ago
Rosie has always been true to herself and a true competitor...tough , sweet girl who can flat out ride-
Pagani Zonda More than 1 year ago
She was a DECENT rider. But she was classless in the BC Distaff winner circle making the whole moment about her retirement and pregnancy. That could have been left for off camera. The moment was for the horse, the connections AND Rosie.
Kenny H More than 1 year ago
your pie hole stinks
August M More than 1 year ago
Rosie has been a joy to watch in the irons. - But, some things are more important in life than earnings and marquee races. - Here is to wishing them the very best as they begin their next chapter in life !
Frank Reach More than 1 year ago
Rosie is all class.
Bruce Battaglia More than 1 year ago
Rosie is retiring at the perfect time and for the right reason. I have talked to her husband Joe when he was learning the game under Mike Maker.He could not have had a better mentor. I feel he will get a big outfit to work for and be a top ten trainer. I loved Rosie and she was fearless but never careless. I'll bet she will be a top ten mother . You went out on top Rosie. Thanks for all the seconds that you made into winners with your abilitiy..Bruce
Robert Clayton More than 1 year ago
Rosie speaks horse....They really respond to her they try a little harder for her....The best testament you can give to her abilities is that she is/was a great jockey.....Not just a great "girl" jockey
mikey More than 1 year ago
The game has lost a real lady and first class jock.Good luck.
Roseann Cherasaro More than 1 year ago
I don't even see Rosie as a ''female'' rider I see her as a flat out Rider!I am happy for her and will miss her but am very happy for her.