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LOUISVILLE, KY. (WDRB) -- Rosie Napravnik is hoping to become the first female jockey to win the Kentucky Derby. She is riding "Mylute" on Saturday.
The 25-year-old was also the first female jockey to win the Kentucky Oaks last year aboard "Believe You Can." Mylute will be in post position six for the Derby race. "He's a cool customer," says Tom Amoss, Mylute's trainer. "He just handles everything with real aplomb, and we're pleased with him."
The owner, T. Paul Bulmahn, says the horse has a great chance of winning, especially with Napravnik as the jockey. "He's a very laid back horse. He doesn't really get bothered by much which is great for the huge crowds and just the chaos going on around Derby for a horse to handle all that and like I said, he's got a come from behind style, he's very relaxed."
Derby contenders like Mylute were being schooled Thursday -- getting used to the crowds and the feel of the paddock. Mylute is the son of Midnightlute, who won the Breeders Cup twice. The horse is out of Goldmark Farm in Ocala, Florida. His trainer Tom Amos says Mylute loves peppermint and jokingly says they may line some up at the finish line.
Napravnik adds, "I've been riding horses since I can remember. It's something that comes natural for me. I've been communicating with horses since I was a little girl, so it's not intimidating. It's just what I love to do. I have the best job in the world."
"You know, she says, "it makes me feel great. It's not something I really expected or set out to do in my career. I sort of have fallen upon this role of being a role model and it makes me feel great that I can inspire somebody."