Rosie Napravnik Wins Breeders’ Cup Distaff, Announces Retirement

Jockey Rosie Napravnik on Friday became the first female jockey to win the $2 million Breeders’ Cup Distaff in its 31-year history and then stunned the horse racing world by announcing she would retire Sunday.

The 26-year old jockey said she and her husband, Joe Sharp, who is a trainer, plan to start a family.

She won her first race in June 2005 and became the first woman to win the Kentucky Oaks with ‘Believe You Can’ in 2012.

In May of this year she teamed-up with ‘Untapable’ to win the Kentucky Oaks.

On Friday at Santa Anita she rode ‘Untapable’ to the Breeders’ Cup Distaff win, covering the 1 1/8 in 1:48:68.

‘Untapable’ went off as the 8-5 favorite in the field of 11 and paid $5.20, $3.40 and $2.60.

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