Napravnik living her dream
OZONE PARK, NY -- The female jockeys' room at Aqueduct Racetrack is a sparsely populated sanctum despite a few fresh additions to the colony therein. Relative quiet on an easy weekday allows Rosie Napravnik the opportunity to reflect on upcoming races, her current career path, and the recent chaos in her life.
“"She told me 'You know, you just have to get over it, and be cordial with these people,'" Napravnik remarked. "'The media is what's going to support this industry. And these people like you. The fans like you. And everybody wants to get to know who you are.' She really opened my eyes up to the fact that I should be taking advantage of this, and appreciating it instead of getting frustrated with it." Napravnik expanded her platform this year by speaking to her fans directly in the form of a blog she's just started on the America's Best Racing website. Though she hardly fancies herself an Emily Dickenson, she got a kick out of writing her first blog entry, and is eagerly looking forward to sitting down to compose another one. "The blogging -- I realy loved it!" she said. "So many times, I've read an article and I've said to myself, 'This isn't accurate. That's not right.' But now, with blogging, I'm writing my own article. It's awesome." But blogging is where Napravnik's off-track media pursuits end. Despite a girl-next-door appearance and demeanor sure to make television executives take notice, she insists that such endeavors do not interest her. Rosie Napravnik is a rider -- first, last, and always. "I don't have any motives other than riding races," she said. "That's really what my dream in racing has been -- to be at the top level and ride in the big races like the Derby. Right now, I'm headed in the direction I always wanted to be." -- Additional reporting by Claire Novak Joe DePaolo is a freelance writer whose coverage of thoroughbred racing and entertainment has been featured by numerous different outlets. He can be reached via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
I don't have any motives other than riding races. That's really what my dream in racing has been -- to be at the top level and ride in the big races like the Derby.” -- Jockey Rosie Napravnik
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