after learning that trainer Tom Amoss had confirmed that Mylute would
be headed to Pimlico Race Course to run in Preakness 2013, jockey Rosie Napravnik expressed her excitement on Twitter
Saturday morning:“Get your PREAK ON baby I’m coming home ;-) I
promise you there is no other jockey who wants to win the #Preakness
more than me! MYLUTE”
Another tweet quickly followed:“Ok maybe Rosario… But I bet it’s just been added to his list recently haha”
Joel Rosario surely has been very intent on winning the Preakness since
guiding Orb to victory in the Kentucky Derby (G1) at Churchill Downs on
May 4, winning the Middle Jewel of the Triple Crown has been on
Napravnik’s radar since launching her riding career at Pimlico on June
eight years later, Napravnik will have the opportunity to realize her
dream of winning the Preakness aboard Mylute, whom she rode to a solid
fifth-place finish behind Orb in the Kentucky Derby.
fired up,” said thoroughbred racing’s most successful woman jockey
Saturday morning by phone from Churchill Downs. “The Preakness is just
as high up on my list as the Derby to win. It would probably mean the
most to me to win at Pimlico, where I started out and have all the
original supporters, the people who really got me going. It would mean
so much to win that race.”
25-year-old native of Morristown, N.J. credits Maryland trainers Holly
Robinson and Richard Small with helping her get established and
supporting her through her four years of riding and dominating at
Pimlico and Laurel Park. During the summer of 2004, Napravnik moved to
Robinson’s Sparks, Md. farm, where her sister, Jazz, worked as an
assistant trainer. She attended nearby Hereford High School during her
junior year while galloping horses and learning her trade.
June 9, 2005, Small named the 17-year-old apprentice to ride
Ringofdiamonds, and she sent her very first mount right to the lead and
into the Pimlico winner’s circle. Saturday morning, Napravnik recalled
her first career victory in detail.
remember thinking that I was so glad that it was first race of the day
and I didn’t have to wait and be anxious all day. Even leading up to it,
it was surreal that it was even happening. I remember not even knowing
how to read the Racing Form. I had handicapped the race to the best of
my ability and I figured I would be somewhere near the front of the
pack. I was in the one-hole going two turns, which really isn’t that
easy to do at Pimlico,” she recalled.
Garcia who had ridden the filly multiple times and won on her multiple
times was also in the race. He came up to me in the paddock and said,
‘If you go to the lead, you will win easy.’ I said, ‘Oh, OK, I’ll just
go to the lead,’ but I had no idea what I was doing. And somehow I got
the lead from the one-hole going those two turns and we never looked
back,” she added.
pulled my stick through to the left hand because I remember Dickie
telling me really early on that that’s what I should do because
everybody would be watching and everybody would notice that. So that’s
what I did. I pulled my stick through to the left hand. I think I might
have only hit her one time. It was all so surreal and unbelievable that I
was winning that race. My mom was there. My sister was there. It was so
went on to win several riding titles in Maryland, where she led all
jockeys in victories in 2006 and 2008, before moving on to ride in New
York, Delaware and Louisiana with great success. Napravnik, who has been
the leading rider at Fair Grounds for the past three meetings, became
the first woman to ride the winner of the Kentucky Oaks (G1) aboard
Believe You Can in 2012. Through all of her successes Napravnik has
never forgotten her roots.
I’m riding in the Derby, all through Derby week, and when I won the
Oaks last year, I automatically reflect on it and think about Dickie and
Holly and starting out,” Napravnik said. “It feels like it was just
yesterday to me. They are very special to me. I couldn’t be more proud
to come back and ride in the Preakness.”
Napravnik is excited to ride an improving horse like Mylute in the Preakness.
ran an excellent race in the Derby. We got a very wide trip. We
followed Orb basically the whole race. That was a big test of his class
and his talent and he really came through. He’s a horse that is
improving at the right time,” she said. “I think he’s going to move
forward a lot off that race. I don’t think it’s something where it took
everything out of him and would cause him to regress at all. He’s
maturing and has the competitive drive of a really good race horse.”
will become the third female rider to have a Preakness mount, joining
Patti Cooksey (sixth aboard Tajawa in 1985) and Andrea Seefeldt (seventh
with Looming in 1994).
was obviously encouraged that Mylute has maintained his form and
competitive edge following a mile jog and a two-mile gallop at Churchill
Downs Saturday morning.
talked with Paul Buhlman (of GoldMark) and Mandy Pope (of Whisper Hill)
and we discussed how he was doing and how he was training and the
decision was made to go to the Preakness,” Amoss said. “He is booked on
the plane for Wednesday morning to go to Baltimore.”
Amoss, who plans to give Mylute a half-mile workout early Monday morning, is well aware of the task at hand in the Preakness.
have to find four lengths,” Amoss said referring to Orb’s advantage
over Mylute in the Derby. “If Orb runs his race back in the Preakness,
he will be hard to beat.”
– Nearly a week had passed since Stuart Janney III and Phipps Stable’s
Orb registered a 2 ½-length victory in the Kentucky Derby, and trainer
Shug McGaughey reflected on the highlight of his Hall of Fame career
still excited. I’m still thrilled. I’ll be thrilled for the rest of my
life,” McGaughey said. “The main thing is just to see how excited and
how thrilled Mr. (Dinny) Phipps and Mr. Janney have been since the race.
Also the morale of our barn is just through the roof. Everybody is so
McGaughey’s excitement is matched by his immense pride over Orb’s Derby performance.
picture that move in my mind time and time again,” he said. “He ran
such a professional race and he ran so well, it was so much fun to
Orb jogged three-eighths of a mile and galloped 1 ½ miles over a sealed muddy track at Belmont Park Saturday morning.
– Claiborne Farm and Adele Dilschneider’s Departing galloped 1 ½ miles
over a track labeled “muddy” early Saturday morning at Churchill Downs
with exercise rider Trina Pasckvale up.
by Al Stall Jr., the Illinois Derby (G3) winner is scheduled to work a
half-mile Sunday morning with Larry Melancon slated to be aboard.
– The Santa Anita Derby (G1) winner went to the sloppy, sealed Pimlico
track at 8:30 a.m. Saturday for a second day of exercise following a
17th-place finish in the Kentucky Derby. His regular jockey, Kevin
Krigger, was in the saddle.
trainer Jack Sisterson is managing Goldencents and 13 other horses from
trainer Doug O’Neill’s stable at Pimlico. O’Neill is scheduled to
travel from California to Baltimore on Sunday. Sisterson said that
Krigger and Goldencents repeated Friday’s jog and gallop routine.
“We jogged to the seven-eighths and kind of broke off from there into a
steady gallop from the three-quarter pole and galloped around to the
wire,” Sisterson said. “Kevin kind of relaxed him and pulled him up down
the backside. He looked fantastic and Kevin was very happy with him.
His energy level was high. He was striding out. Everything we want to
see in him.”
Goldencents is scheduled to work Monday morning.
– Mike Pegram’s Govenor Charlie galloped 1 ½ miles at Churchill over a
track that had been upgraded to “good” after the morning renovation
break. Jorge Alvarez was aboard for the morning exercise.
Trainer Bob Baffert plans to work the Sunland Derby (G3) winner on Monday.
ITSMYLUCKYDAY – A wet track at Monmouth Park prompted trainer Eddie Plesa Jr. to postpone Itsmyluckyday’s scheduled breeze Saturday morning.
“The track was hard,” Plesa said. “We’re going to try tomorrow and see what happens.”
said he could work Itsmyluckyday as late as Monday. If weather doesn’t
permit it, Plesa said the son of Lawyer Ron wouldn’t need to work to be
ready for the Preakness. Yet, he would prefer to give his Gulfstream
Park Derby and Holy Bull (G3) winner a breeze.
“I don’t know that he needs to work, to be honest with you, but he’s
feeling so darn good. I feel it would help him. Sometimes they can have
too much energy,” said Plesa, whose colt finished a disappointing 15th in the Kentucky Derby.
– Fox Hill Farms’ Normandy Invasion galloped at Belmont Park Saturday
morning. Trainer Chad Brown reported that no firm decision has been made
concerning his fourth-place Kentucky Derby finisher’s status for next
OXBOW/TITLETOWN FIVE/WILL TAKE CHARGE
– Trainer D. Wayne Lukas, whose first venture to the Preakness in 1980
with Codex resulted in a victory, had his three candidates for Preakness
138 on the track early at Churchill Downs on Saturday morning.
Kentucky Derby finisher Oxbow was the first out of the group, galloping
over a muddy track under exercise rider Rudy Quevedo. Will Take Charge,
eighth in the Kentucky Derby, galloped under Taylor Carty in the second
set along with Titletown Five, who was partnered by Quevedo.
said that Oxbow is scheduled to work Monday and added, “I may let the
other two go through the stretch” before vanning to Baltimore early
Tuesday morning. Two-time Preakness-winning rider Gary Stevens, who rode
Oxbow in the Kentucky Derby and who has the Preakness mount, is
expected to be aboard for the work.
– Trainer Greg Geier said Saturday that James Tafel’s homebred colt
will not run in the Preakness. Geier breezed Street Spice five furlongs
at Arlington Park Saturday morning before finalizing his decision to
skip the Preakness with the fifth-place finisher in the Illinois Derby
worked good this morning, but we’re going to stay here and look for
something else,” Geier said. “He worked in 1:01 and came back very good.
He’s still like a big kid and still learning. I walked with Mr. Tafel
and he said until the colt gets a little smarter, we’ll just play it by
ear and go from there.”
– Trainer Rudy Rodriquez said Saturday said that he and owner David
Wilkenfeld are still considering whether to run the Into Mischief
gelding in the Preakness.
going to wait until the last minute,” Rodriguez said. “It may be as
late as Wednesday before they take entries. We’ll take a look, see
what’s going on and then make a final decision.”
said Vyjack is doing well at Aqueduct following his 18th-place finish
in the Kentucky Derby and isn’t likely to work between races.