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By Tom Fitton
Independent voices from the The Washington Times Communities
Topic - Rosie Napravnik
Orb is looking to bounce back after his fourth-place finish in the Preakness, following his 2½ -length win in the Derby. Oxbow is out to show his wire-to-wire Preakness win was not a fluke.
With a victory aboard Mylute on Saturday, Napravnik would become the first female jockey to capture the middle jewel of the Triple Crown. More importantly to her, though, it would serve as a triumphant return to Pimlico Race Course, where she launched her outstanding career.
Bob Baffert got beat again in the $5 million Breeders' Cup Classic. Bill Mott settled for half of a repeat sweep in the weekend's two biggest races. The Hall of Fame trainers could only wince as 9-1 long shot Fort Larned won North America's richest race on Saturday night, capping a weekend of upsets in the world championships at Santa Anita.
Kent Desormeaux got his start as a renowned jockey in Maryland in the late 1980s, so he seemed the perfect fit for local horse Tiger Walk in Saturday's Preakness Stakes at Pimlico Race Course.
On Saturday afternoon, Maryland horse racing once again will take its place in the sporting world's spotlight with the 136th running of the Preakness Stakes at Baltimore's Pimlico Race Course. The other 364 days of the year, however, Pimlico and the Maryland racing industry aren't proving ready for their close-up.
John Velazquez won the Kentucky Derby by a broken nose. An injury to Animal Kingdom's regular rider, Robby Albarado, cleared the way for Velazquez to pick up the mount and once he took the reins Saturday, he rode his good luck all the way to the winner's circle.
"Whether we can win the race or not, it's still to be seen. It's going to be a tough race and Orb is definitely going to be tough to beat," she said. "Either way, I'd have to say it will be one of my proudest moments."
"If I think about all the places I've been and the things I've done, wow, I've accomplished a lot," she said. "But at the same time, it feels like it was just yesterday when I was galloping there when I was just 16. Time has flown by, but time flies when you're having fun, and I love what I do."