by Jennie Rees
April 16, 2013
Rosie Napravnik will ride Louisiana Derby runner-up Mylute in the Kentucky Derby, it was announced this morning.
Napravnik rode the Tom Amoss-trained Mylute in the colt’s 10 3/4-length victory in an allowance race at the Fair Grounds. Shaun Bridgmohan picked up the mount for the Risen Star when Napravnik rode Palace Malice to a third-place finish in the race for trainer Todd Pletcher. Mylute finished a close seventh that day, with Bridgmohan then guiding him to the near-upset of Revolutionary in the Louisiana Derby, losing by a neck at 19-1.
Bridgmohan was aboard when Mylute worked six furlongs Sunday in an impressive 1:12 1/5.
“Rosie was aboard Mylute for his latest victory, and we feel fortunate to have her back,” owners Goldmark Farms LLC and Whisper Hill Farm LLC said in a statement. “We’d also like to give special thanks to Shaun Bridgmohan, as well as all of the other riders who have ridden Mylute for their help in getting him to this point in his career.”
Napravnik, who leads the nation in victories, won her third straight riding title at the Fair Grounds. She was the rider of 2-year-old champion Shanghai Bobby, who was taken out of Derby consideration when he finished fifth in the Florida Derby and was later discovered to have a stress fracture in his pelvis.