Jockey Rosie Napravnik is back in the saddle again
Can anything stop a determined woman?
The up-and-coming female jockey Rosie Napravnik, who won top honors at Fairgrounds Race Course last spring, rode Pants on Fire to finish ninth in the Kentucky Derby. And she finished with style and grace, never losing her enthusiasm and upbeat ever-ready smile.
“We haven’t heard the last from Rosie Napravnik,” I told Yahoo! Sports readers at the time. And it's true!
Unfortunately summer races brought a sudden downturn to Napravnik’s rise, as the popular 23-year-old female jockey suffered multiple wrist and arm injuries in racing spills.
On September 21st, the first day of autumn and less than three weeks before her own upcoming wedding, Napravnik mounted up at Delaware Park to ride trainer Mike Stidham. After four surgeries and months of healing, she is eager for her physicians to clear her to resume horse racing soon.
Rosie Napravnik is a champ, in attitude and athleticism. Let’s hope this is the start of an exciting run for the promising young jockey, blazing a trail and setting sports records for female jockeys.
Go, Rosie, go!
Jockey Rosie Napravnik photo by Joanna Poe – Creative Commons Licensing
Rosie Napravnik and Linda Ann Nickerson photo by D. Zeit for Nickers and Ink