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She’s a little bit with true grit

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At just 18 years old, Anna “Rosie” Napravnik ranks fifth among all jockeys in wins. Her mounts snagged more than $3.5 million in purses in 2006, and Napravnik earned 10 percent of that.

Keeping Napravnik in the lead:
  • She’s not overly impressed with herself. Nor does she compare herself to the greatest jockeys.

  • She loves her work, leaving high school - despite straight A’s - to pursue her passion.

  • She delivers. She drew her first mount at Pimlico at age 17 … and won.

  • She’s precocious. One of Maryland’s top trainers says Napravnik understands horses better than Chris McCarron or Edgar Prado did at her age.

  • She’s got grit. Once, she fell during a race and left the track in an ambulance, but came back, rode two races later and placed.
Napravnik won the opening race on last year’s Preakness Day, scene of the second jewel in horse racing’s Triple Crown. Don’t be surprised if you see her this year in the Preakness itself.

—Adapted from “Blazing Saddle,” McLean Robbins, Washingtonian.

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