“Only the sixth female jockey to ride in the Kentucky Derby, Rosie Napravnik gave her best effort to take Pants on Fire to the winner’s circle — but ended up finishing in 9th place.
That makes her the highest-finishing woman jockey in Derby history. Two female jockeys have finished 11th in the race — Patti Cooksey in 1984 and Julie Krone in 1995.”
Napravnik, who used to ride under the name A. R. Napravnik so that people wouldn’t know she was a girl, has clearly fought hard to earn the respect of her peers in a sport she says is “still a man’s world.” And while she was disappointed not to take first, she says she–and other women riders–will be back.
“I’ve said a million times, the first and second generations (of women jockeys) have really opened the doors for me. So, we continue to have more and more talented female riders. I’m hoping to be back here once again.”
Huge congrats to Napravnik–and hopefully now she’ll get the credit she wants and deserves as “a top rider, not just a top female rider.” ‘Cause I think the case is pretty much closed on that one.