In the male-dominated world of horse racing, Anna Rose Napravnik figured she'd have better luck if nobody noticed a woman's name in the track program.
She started out her career disguising her gender, riding under the initials A.R. Napravnik.
Nine years later, Rosie Napravnik is one of the rising stars in the sport, having long ago discarded her ruse. Now the 26-year-old from New Jersey will try to make even bigger history and become the first woman to ride a Kentucky Derby winner.
She's achieved firsts before. She was the first woman to win the Louisiana Derby, and did it twice. She also was the highest-placing female rider in the Kentucky Derby.
Aboard Oaks favorite
Untapable should feel right at home when she takes to the track for the $1 million Kentucky Oaks.
After all, she's undefeated in two previous races at Churchill Downs, and she's the early 4-5 favorite for Friday's 140th running of the nation's richest race for 3-year-old fillies.
Untapable has won both her starts this year by a combined 17¼ lengths. She'll take on 12 rivals in the 1 1/8-mile race.
The filly will be ridden by Napravnik, who is seeking her second Oaks win. She became the first female jockey to win the Kentucky Derby eve race in 2012 aboard Believe You Can.
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