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Two-time winner of Kentucky Oaks retires to focus on family

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) - She holds several records on the race track, but she's decided to step down.

Rosie Napravnik recently retired as a jockey.

The 26-year-old New Jersey native is pregnant and wants to focus on her family.

She's a two-time winner of the Kentucky Oaks, both this year and in 2012 when she became the first female rider to win the race.

Churchill Downs celebrated her success Saturday following "The Run for Rosie" named in her honor.

Napravnik says she'll work to help build her husband's stable, but her fans hope she returns.

"I know everybody has over and unders, but people think we're really trying to keep it a secret whether or not I'm coming back and I really just don't know," she said. "We're going to play everything by ear ... I will have every opportunity I believe if and when I want to come back."

Napravnik, who's ranked sixth among North American jockeys for earnings this year, brought in more than $13.5 million this year.

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