Historic win at Lone Star Handicap

Updated: June 1, 2010, 12:13 AM ET
By Randy Jennings | Special contributor to ESPNDallas.com

GRAND PRAIRIE, Texas -- Anna "Rosie'' Napravnik wasn't out to make history on Lone Star Million Day, just a nice paycheck.

She did both, becoming the first female jockey to win a graded stakes at Lone Star Park aboard Redding Colliery in the 14th running of the $300,000 Grade 3 Lone Star Park Handicap on Monday.

"It's the first time I've been a first-ever,'' said Napravnik, 22, after being informed of the significance of her win. "There are a couple of really good female jockeys around right now, which is nice to see. Our sport needs it.''

Kiaran McLaughlin, the winning trainer, said Napravnik isn't just a great female jockey, but a great jockey that happens to be a female.

"She rides Redding Colliery well, but she rides everything well,'' the trainer said.

The 5-2, 111-pound Napravnik grew up on a farm and decided to become a jockey at age 7.

Five years removed from her first win, she is coming off a 2009 season that yielded 184 wins and $5.17 million in earnings.

Napravnik is based on the East Coast and is the regular rider for Redding Colliery, a four-year-old gray/roan colt that shipped in five days ago from New York for this race.

Redding Colliery raced three-wide into the first turn, but never far behind pacesetting Euroears.

On the far turn, the jockey decided it was time to ask for more.

"He was just there when I called on him,'' said Napravnik, "and once he got going, there wasn't any stopping him.''

Redding Colliery's 6 3/4-length victory even surprised his trainer. He covered the 1 1/16 miles in 1:35.53.

"It was a huge performance,'' McLaughlin said. "Bigger than I thought we would see. To win by six is more than I could expect.''

The winner's share of $174,000 for owner Mrs. Fitriana Hay increased Redding Colliery's lifetime earnings to over $400,000.

Awesome Gem, a 7-year-old with lifetime earnings of $1.9 million, overtook a tiring Euroears for second.

The Bob Baffert-trained favorite Mythical Power, winner of the Lone Star Mile in April, finished last in the field of eight.

Wasted Tears wastes no energy: Bart Evans, owner/trainer of the Grade 3 Ouija Board Distaff two-time champion Wasted Tears, says the 5-year-old mare has always had a mind of her own.

"She would shake her head and size things up and do what she wanted to do,'' Evans said. "She tells you what she wants to do and how she wants to do it. So far, I think she knows better than everyone else.''

Wasted Tears' big lead disappeared in the stretch, but she still had enough to hold off fast-closing Fortunia.

"I don't think she has won many of her races very far in front,'' said jockey Cliff Berry, riding her for the first time in a race. "She kind of waits on them a little bit, but she knows how to beat them.''

In winning the Ouija Board last year, Wasted Tears set the track record for one mile on turf, 1:32.81. Her winning time was slightly slower this time around, 1:33.25.

Attendance for Lone Star's biggest afternoon of racing was 11,631, down a little over 2,000 from last year. The on-track handle was $723,724 and the total amount of money bet on Lone Star races Monday was over $1.8 million.

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