( May 18, 2013 )
No. 4: Milestone Wins
Kevin Krigger and Rosie Napravnik fearlessly continue pulling the spotlight to their race and gender, respectively.
Krigger would be the first black rider to win the Preakness since 1898, and will be just the seventh to run in it. He rides Goldencents, trained by last year's Derby and Preakness winner Doug O'Neill. Krigger has taken the unusual step of accompanying Goldencents to Baltimore to work with the colt daily, and O'Neill appears determined to prove that his horse's 17th place retreating run at the Derby was a fluke.
Napravnik will be aboard Mylute as trainer Tom Amoss has decided to take another run at Orb. Napravnik began her career in Maryland, leaving high school a year early and racing under her initials to hide her name from perspective clients who wouldn't want to hire a woman.
Julie Krone is the only woman to win a Triple Crown race, on Colonial Affair in the 1993 Belmont.