(Sporting Alert) — All eyes will certainly be Rosie Napravnik as she looks to make another big impact on her return from injury in the quest to create a buzz at this year’s Kentucky Derby.
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Napravnik, who stunningly showed her passion for riding by returning to the saddle after breaking her collarbone and leg and seemed almost a certain candidate to shy away from riding the horses again, will seek to become the first woman to win the Kentucky Derby on Saturday and she is already drawing her share of the spotlight.
“To win the Kentucky Derby is such a life-long dream,” she said.
After guiding Shining Girl in the 139th Kentucky Oaks, Napravnik will ride Mylute in the Kentucky Derby and Tom Amoss, who is the trainer of Mylute believes the 25-year-old, who is one of the world’s best jockeys is good enough to deliver.
“Her biggest strength is tremendous knowledge of pace,” Amoss said. “For those who don’t understand that, a fifth of a second is a length in horse racing.
“That means one second is five lengths – it’s not hard to understand that knowing where to place your horse to give it the best chance to finish on the end is extremely important.”
He added: “And second, she just has an ability to communicate with horses that I haven’t seen since Pat Day.
“He had it, Rosie’s got it, and I don’t know how to define it. It’s a God-given gift.”
Napravnik also reflected on the last year’s Breeder’s Cup Juvenile Race where she became the first female to win the Kentucky Oaks.
“I think about the jocks room at Pimlico, watching the Oaks and everyone cheering me on from Maryland and it’s like, I can reflect on that,” said Napravnik.
“And it really means so much to me.”