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Rosie’s Pants are on Fire!

Zipse’s Kentucky Derby Daily – Day 42

Anna “Rosie” Napravnik has been more than the “man” this winter at the Fair Grounds, she has been the “woman”. So when trainer Kelly Breen was looking for a jockey to ride the other half of his Louisiana Derby entry, he was pleased to receive a call from Rosie. In a marriage made somewhere between the French Quarter and Heaven, Rosie and her mount, Pants on Fire, pressed the pace of longshot Liondrive, took over the lead early in the stretch, and doggedly prevailed in the long stretch drive to win the $1 million Louisiana Derby by a neck.

Rosie had already clinched the leading rider at the Fair Grounds this meet, but today’s win made it twice as sweet. In winning the biggest race of her career, she guided the son of Jump Start and Cabo de Noche to victory over 36-1 Nehro, with race favorite, Mucho Macho Man another ½ length back in 3rd. Final time for the 1 1/8 miles over the fast Fair Grounds strip was a decent 1:49.92. Pants on Fire, who was coupled with stablemate Nacho Business, paid $14.60 to his supporters, while owners George and Lori Hall collected first prize of a cool $600,000.

How did the horse, who his trainer admitted was certainly considered the weaker half of the entry not long ago, and finished a rather dull 6th in his last race, take down the first $1 million race ever run in New Orleans? Let’s ask Rosie.

“He had a lot of heart. They said he was best on the lead. And when the 5-horse went out in front of us, I said if he’s stuck outside, hopefully he’s still well off. But he ran with as much heart as a horse can run with down the lane. Mucho Macho Man came up next to us and he just dug in and he really finished with all heart.”

Clearly it was more than just Pants on Fire who showed their heart today at the Fair Grounds methinks.

I hate to throw a damper on the big win for Team Pants on Fire, but as far as what the result of this million dollar prep will mean in six week’s time at Churchill Downs, probably not much. I would be hard pressed to find a reason how Pants on Fire, nor anyone else in the field would make a huge dent on Derby Day. But who cares, Rosie and Pants on Fire just won a million dollar race.

[Will Pants on Fire storm up HRN's 2011 Kentucky Derby Contender's list from his current #31 position?]



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Older Comments about Rosie’s Pants are on Fire!...

Pants on Fire got a Beyer of 94 for the Louisiana Derby.
Great show for Sire of Pants on Fire - Jump Start - Any opinions form trainers and from blood stock industry about Jump Start colts and Fillies
Congrats to you, Carolyn!
Are you talking about with the horses? ;-) Very true ... I just have a feeling this year's winner will be very well supported.
Derby Day is Derby Day, anything can and usually does happen.

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Brian has been a passionate fan of horse racing his entire life. Taken to the races at a very young age, he has been lucky enough to see all the greats in person from Secretariat, Forego, and Ruffian through Rachel Alexandra, Zenyatta, and American Pharoah. Before coming to the Nation, Brian displayed his love for the sport through the development of his horse racing website, which quickly became one of the most popular blogs in the game. 

The Editor of Horse Racing Nation from 2010-2017, Brian authored a daily column as Zipse at the Track, or ZATT for short, and added his editorial flare to the overall content of the website. Now a Senior Writer for HRN, Brian continues to contribute his thoughts on racing, as well as co-hosting the popular racing show, HorseCenter. A big supporter of thoroughbred aftercare, he serves as the President of The Exceller Fund.

Brian's work has also been published on several leading industry sites. He has consulted for leading contest site Derby Wars, is both a Hall of Fame and NTRA poll voter, and is a Vox Populi committee member. 

A horse owner and graduate of DePaul University, Brian lives just outside of Louisville with his wife Candice and daughter Kendra.


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