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Will Female Jockey Make History?

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Anna “Rosie” Napravnik will become only the sixth woman to ride in the 137-year history of the Kentucky Derby when she takes the reins on Pants On Fire, and the significance isn’t lost on her.

“I think whether you’re male or female, riding in the Derby is a big accomplishment,” Napravnik said. “It’s a great honor.”

But Napravnik is extremely driven and wants to be the first female to win the Kentucky Derby. And while she’s riding Pants on Fire, not one of this year’s most hyped contenders, Napravnik remains a rising star who is likely to have plenty of opportunities to break through in the future.

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