5 Things to Know About the Only Woman in the Kentucky Derby, Rosie Napravnik
Tonight, amid the excitement of mint juleps and fancy hats, Rosie Napravnik will attempt to make history by becoming the first female jockey to ever win a Kentucky Derby.
Like women who've raced before her, including first licensed jockey Kathy Kusner, although some view a girl racing as a spectacle, Rosie is anything but. In the 140th Run for the Roses, Rosie (so appropriately named for this event), will be the only woman mounted in the field, and only one of six women who've ever raced in the Derby.
Here are five things to know about Rosie Napravnik before she races today:
1. She's set a new record last year at the Kentucky Derby, guiding Mylute to a fifth-place finish and today she'll ride aboard Vicar’s In Trouble.
2. She's the first woman to win the Louisiana Derby. Twice. Her second victory was aboard Vicar's In Trouble.
3. She's the first woman to win a meet title at the Fair Grounds in New Orleans.
4. She’s currently the fifth highest-earning thoroughbred racing jockey in North America.
5. Although, as Rosie pointed out in her 60 Minutes interview, "There are still owners and trainers that don't want to ride a female." Rosie overcomes that sexism by "[Trying] to beat that person in a race,"
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