Morristown native Anna “Rosie” Napravnik saw her first time on a horse at the age of 2 and was riding ponies in the Mid-Atlantic region by the time she was 7.
By the time she turned 13, Napravnik 13, was galloping horses for Hall of Fame trainer Jonathan Sheppard. In 2005 Napravnik left high school for a full time career as a jockey, and has never looked back.
At this point, kentuckyderbyinfo.com reports there have only been five women who have ridden in the Kentucky Derby: Diane Crump, Patti Cooksey, Andrea Seefeldt, Julie Krone, and Rosemary Homeister.
Now Rosie Napravnik is about to become number 6.
Kentucky.com reports the 23-year-old became the first female jockey to win the riding title at Fair Grounds last month by putting up 110 wins, 31 more than Shaun Bridgmohan, who came in second.