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Retirement party sends off jockey Rosie Napravnik at top of her game

LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - Two weeks after making the surprise announcement of her retirement, top female jockey Rosie Napravnik was honored in a special ceremony Saturday at Churchill Downs.

Napravnik was recognized following "The Run For Rosie," a specially-named sixth race in her honor Saturday.

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The 26-year-old jockey is expecting her first child with husband Joe Sharp in June. He is a trainer at Churchill, where Napravnik became the first female rider to win the $1 million Kentucky Oaks in 2012. She won the race again this year with Untapable.

"I always think that I'm not going to get emotional," Napravnik said. "There have been tons of great things that have come here at Churchill; (I'm) remembering them all. There is a lot of emotion going into it."

Napravnik won the $2 million Breeders' Cup Distaff with Untapable on Oct. 31, and announced her plans to retire on live television just a short time later.

Napravnik couldn't leave the ceremony without a few gifts. The folks at Churchill came up with something special, a rocking horse for her baby, among other gestures.

"We don't know what she's going to have," Churchill Downs spokesman John Asher said. "It's early. She's only a couple of months in. Seemed the most fitting of the gifts."

Napravnik ranks sixth among North American jockeys this year with purse earnings of $13,531,663, including 189 winners.

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