Napravnik making waves in Saratoga

Young jockey is making a name for herself in first full racing season in Spa City

— "It's been very busy," said Napravnik. "There is a lot of work in the morning (with the horses), and then there are a lot of functions in the evening."

Napravnik has quickly moved up the national jockey ranks in her seven years on the job. She recorded 300 wins in 2006 when she was 18 years old. And in 2010, she posted 209 victories and posted earnings of nearly $6.6 million.

Napravnik has come into her own this year, though. She became the first female jockey to win the Kentucky Oaks -- the second-most prestigious stakes race at Louisville's Churchill Downs behind the Kentucky Derby -- and she finished fourth in the jockey standings at Belmont during the spring meet. The three ahead of her at Belmont were Ramon Dominguez, Javier Castellano and Jose Lezcano -- three of New York's top jockeys.

"Her record is prestigious," said Zito.

Still, Napravnik said she knows winning races at Saratoga is a tough prospect when riding against the top jockeys in the United States, especially when this is her first full summer at the Spa.

"I just want to come out of this with good business," said Napravnik. "It's extremely hard winning races here, but if I can keep winning a few races here and there, hopefully I can use that to get better mounts."

With a solid start to her first Saratoga season, it seems that Rosie Napravnik is on her way to that goal.

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