Napravnik to Ride in Thoroughbreds For All
Photo: Anne M. Eberhardt
Rosie Napravnik

Jockey Rosie Napravnik will ride her off-track Thoroughbred Sugar during "Thoroughbreds For All," an April 25 event in Central Kentucky at which all-star equestrians will promote the versatility of the Thoroughbred.

Thoroughbreds For All will be held from 5:30-9 p.m. EDT at New Vocation's Lexington facility at West Wind Farm, 15 miles west of the Kentucky Horse Park at 4787 Haley Road, and includes a Southern-style dinner and cash bar.

Tickets are $35 each and are available at www.eventbrite.com. Proceeds benefit New Vocations Racehorse Adoption Program and Retired Racehorse Training Project. Both are 501(c) 3 charitable organizations.

Sugar, whose registered name is Old Ironsides, is at Keeneland, where he is a stable pony for trainer Mike Maker. Napravnik's husband, Joe Sharp, is Maker's assistant. Click here for more about Napravnik and Sugar, whom Napravnik rode to two victories.

During Thoroughbreds For All, Olympian and respected international dressage judge Linda Zang will lead a session on retraining Thoroughbreds for dressage. Nuno Santos, a former assistant to Racing Hall of Fame trainer Bobby Frankel, will ride promising dressage horse Ken's Kitten, a son of Kitten's Joy who was winless in five races for owners Ken and Sarah Ramsey. Other participants are Pan American Games eventing gold medalist Lynn Symansky and Olympian Boyd Martin.

Sessions will be moderated by Steuart Pittman of the Retired Racehorse Training Project and Anna Ford of New Vocations Racehorse Adoption Program.

The event also will include a special presentation by The Jockey Club Thoroughbred Incentive Program to recognize and award the 17 riders who will be competing on registered Thoroughbreds during the April 26-27 Rolex Kentucky Three-Day Event at the Kentucky Horse Park.

On April 27 at 9 a.m., Racing Hall of Fame jockey Chris McCarron will give a behind-the-scenes tour of The Thoroughbred Center on Paris Pike. The tour includes visiting the barn area, demonstrations by North American Racing Academy students, and discussions on Thoroughbreds and race track life.

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