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Unlimited Budget taking on Belmont boys

June, 8, 2013
Unlimited BudgetAl Bello/Getty ImagesUnlimited Budget will be the first filly since Rags to Riches to start in the Belmont.
Unlimited Budget, the daughter of 2007 Derby winner Street Sense, will become the 23rd filly to run in the Belmont Stakes Saturday. Three fillies have won the race -- Rags to Riches in 2007, Tanya in 1905 and Ruthless in 1867. Rosie Napravnik will be aboard Unlimited Budget, who finished third in the Kentucky Oaks, hoping to become the first female jockey to win aboard a filly. The two have teamed up before. Napravnik rode Unlimited Budget to a victory at the Rachel Alexandra Stakes in February.

Julie Krone's Belmont triumph

June, 5, 2013
Julie KroneAP Photo/Jim SulleyJulie Krone won 3,704 races during her career, but the 2 1/2 minutes aboard Colonial Affair at the 1993 Belmont Stakes cemented her legend.
Back on this date in 1993, jockey Julie Krone became the first and only woman to win a Triple Crown race, capturing the Belmont Stakes while riding Colonial Affair. In 2000 Krone became the first woman inducted into the National Museum of Thoroughbred Racing and Hall of Fame. Fast forward to 2013, and Rosie Napravnik is about to become the first woman to compete in all three Triple Crown races in a single season. Napravnik, who finished fifth at the Kentucky Derby and third at the Preakness aboard Mylute, is set to ride the filly Unlimited Budget at Saturday’s Belmont. As for the 49-year-old Krone, in October she will be inducted into the National Women’s Hall of Fame in Seneca Falls, N.Y.

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Rosie Napravnik looks to ride into history

May, 4, 2013
 Rosie Napravnik
AP Photo/Garry JonesRosie Napravnik's last win aboard Mylute came in December.
We’re ticking toward the “best two minutes in sports” today as the 139th Kentucky Derby is set to start at 6:24 p.m. ET. Rosie Napravnik, a 25-year-old from New Jersey, is hoping to become the first female jockey to win it. She already has posted the best finish by a female jockey, when she rode Pants on Fire to a ninth-place finish at the Kentucky Derby in 2011. Her partner this year is a is a gray colt named Mylute, who finished second in the Louisiana Derby in March. Napravnik is no stranger to the winner’s circle. In 2012, she became the first female jockey to win the Kentucky Oaks and she broke Julie Krone’s record for the most purse money earned by a female rider in a calendar year, winning more than $12.4 million.

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