Pop Quiz Brought to You By Ky-Bred Quality: Rosie Napravnik

by | 09.21.2013 | 12:41pm
Rosie Napravnik

Jockey Rosie Napravnik has captured the attention of everyone from owners to trainers to fans to mainstream media as she has become one of the top riders in the nation this year. Napravnik took out her jockey's license in 2005 and started making headlines the next year, winning riding titles at Pimlico and Laurel for all four meets in 2006 and finishing behind Julien Leparoux in Eclipse voting for outstanding apprentice jockey. Napravnik became the first female rider to win the Kentucky Oaks in 2012 and broke the record for best Kentucky Derby placing by a female rider when she rode Mylute to fifth in 2013. So far this year, she has won 22 percent of her starts and her mounts have earned over $10.3 million.


What's your favorite moment at the racetrack?

Winning the Kentucky Oaks (in 2012 aboard Believe You Can).


What gadgets or tools of the trade could you not live without?

Helmet and vest, iPhone


What's at the top of your “bucket list”?

Winning the Eclipse Award

Who is your favorite horse you never rode?

Whirlaway, Secretariat


Who is your favorite horse of those you have ridden?

Believe You Can, and Sugar (my OTTB, who is currently a stable pony in my husband Joe's division of Mike Maker's outfit)


What was the last thing you Googled?

Probably a recipe


Favorite racing charity?

Old Friends and Saratoga War Horse


Favorite vacation spot?



What's playing on your iPod these days?

Country, electronic dance, 90's music, classic rock


Biggest fear (or are you afraid of anything)?

Not knowing exactly what I want to do when I grow up (after I retire)


Who's your industry role model?

Ramon Dominguez


Best advice received?

Put your pants on the same way every day, no matter how high of a level you reach in your life/career


What are your ‘words to live by'?

You're not good enough until you're the best.

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