Belmont Stakes: Napravnik to ride Code West for Baffert

Story by: Jay Privman
Source: DRF.com

Rosie Napravnik will seek to join Julie Krone as the only female jockeys to have won the Belmont Stakes. She will ride Code West in the Belmont on June 8, trainer Bob Baffert said Thursday.

Napravnik rode Code West to a runaway victory against older allowance horses Saturday at Pimlico in the race following the Preakness.

Napravnik became available for the Belmont when the connections of Mylute decided Wednesday night to skip the race. Napravnik rode Mylute in the first two legs of the Triple Crown, including a third-place finish in the Preakness.

This year marks the 20th anniversary of Krone's Belmont win on Colonial Affair, which remains the only time a female jockey has won a Triple Crown race.