Jockey Rosie Napravnik will ride her off-the-track Thoroughbred, Sugar, during “Thoroughbreds For All,” an event Friday evening in Central Kentucky at which all-star equestrians will promote the versatility of the Thoroughbred.
Sugar, whose registered name is Old Ironsides, is at Keeneland, where he is a stable pony for trainer Mike Maker. Napravnik's husband, Joe Sharp, is Maker's assistant.
During Thoroughbreds For All, Olympian and respected international dressage judge Linda Zang will lead a session on retraining Thoroughbreds for dressage. Nuno Santos, a former assistant to Racing Hall of Fame trainer Bobby Frankel, will ride promising dressage horse Ken's Kitten, a son of Kitten's Joy who was winless in five races for owners Ken and Sarah Ramsey. Other participants are Pan American Games eventing gold medalist Lynn Symansky and Olympian Boyd Martin.
The event also will include a special presentation by The Jockey Club Thoroughbred Incentive Program to recognize and award the 17 riders who will be competing on registered Thoroughbreds during this weekend's Rolex Kentucky Three-Day Event at the Kentucky Horse Park.
Thoroughbreds For All will be held 5:30-9 p.m. (EDT) at New Vocations' Lexington facility at West Wind Farm, 15 miles west of the Kentucky Horse Park at 4787 Haley Road, and includes a Southern-style dinner and cash bar.
On Sunday at 9 a.m., Racing Hall of Fame jockey Chris McCarron will give a behind-the-scenes tour of The Thoroughbred Center on Paris Pike. The tour includes visiting the barn area, demonstrations by North American Racing Academy students and discussions on Thoroughbreds and race track life.
Tickets are $35 each and are available at www.eventbrite.com. Proceeds benefit New Vocations Racehorse Adoption Program and Retired Racehorse Training Project. Both are 501(c) 3 charitable organizations.
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