Rosie Napravnik, the nation’s leading rider in terms of wins with 72
through March 12, returns to Santa Anita Saturday for the first time
since last November to ride Joyful Victory in the Santa Margarita
Napravnik, who turned 25 on Feb. 9, rode 2012 Breeders’ Cup
Juvenile champion Shanghai Bobby to victory in last year’s race at Santa
Anita on Nov. 3.
The daughter of a horseshoer and a show horse trainer, she has
been around horses all her life. In 2005, she obtained her jockey’s
license and since has been among or at the top of riders in Maryland
racing and the top female rider in the United States.
After a close second in the 2011 Kentucky Oaks, she became the
first female jockey to win the race in 2012, riding Believe You Can for
Larry Jones, who also conditions Joyful Victory.