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Napravnik Learns Kentucky Downs Dynamics Quickly


Rosie Napravnik (right, aboard Moro Tap), the fifth-leading jockey in North America, rode five winners Wednesday at Kentucky Downs -- and she's just now learning the ropes.

According to statistics maintained by Equibase, Napravnik, 25, entered the day with two wins from 13 starts. Wednesday, she added five more from nine starts to her total, taking the first, fifth, sixth, seventh and ninth races on the 13-race card.

All this, and it's her first meet at the undulating, Franklin, Ky. all-turf track.

“That was fun,” Napravnik said after riding her last race of the day. “It reminds me of when I was a kid.”

She explained that as a youngster she rode horses on the steeplechase circuit, where the courses might be undulating and where all the turns aren’t sharply left -- much like the course at Kentucky Downs -- but with hurdles.

Napravnik said it took her a few trips around the 1 5/16-mile course to understand its unique features.

“I love it,” she said, “There’s a dynamic here that takes some time to learn.'

Napravnik began the day as the fifth leading jockey in North American earnings, her mounts having pulled down more than $10 million in purses this year. In victories, she’s the third in the country, with 201 wins this year. And at Kentucky Downs, she's number one with one day left in the five-day meet.

That's next Wednesday. First post is 12:35 CDT for the 13-race program.

--Edited Kentucky Downs release

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