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Rosie Napravnik was born to ride

Updated: May 3, 2013, 12:44 PM ET
By Melissa Isaacson | espnW.com

When she began racing horses, Rosie Napravnik did so under the first name "A.R." so no one would know she was a woman.

It's a bit difficult to hide now as Napravnik enters Saturday's Kentucky Derby, if not atop one of the favored mounts, as one of the top jockeys. She has more victories this year than all but one rider.

Even as she tries to become the first woman to win the Derby, the whole being-a-woman issue is really behind the 25-year-old, if it ever was an issue at all.

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