Jockey Rosie Napravnik Kicks off the 5th Annual “Hats off to the Horses: The Road to the Derby” auctions. One of the most successful female jockeys in horse racing, Napravnik is also an avid Old Friends supporter and a member of its board of directors.
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John Parisella, winning trainer of Sunny Desert (No. 5): “It was all [jockey Ramon] Dominguez. The ride was scary; he saw that hole, [Eddie] Castro [on Sweet Moon] was going in and out, but he went for it. He and I are magic together. It’s unbelievable. It’s all him. Everybody said, ‘You’re going to be on the lead.’ We went with the strategy of making one run, and we didn’t get caught up in [the speed duel]. Ramon was the right guy for it.”
On Sunny Desert ’s next starts: “She has the Stallion Series, and the next two races [Cupecoy’s Joy on June 3 and the Statue of Liberty on August 8] are on the grass.”