LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Rosie Napravnik steers Girvin off the track at Churchill Downs under the watchful eyes of trainer Joe Sharp. They head back to the barn together, with Napravnik in the saddle and Sharp walking alongside the horse.
Napravnik once one of the top jockeys before retiring, is known simply by her first name much like Martina, Tiger Renaldo and LeBron. Now she works as an assistant trainer and exercise rider for her husband Sharp, who will saddle Louisiana Derby winner Girvin in the Kentucky Derby on Saturday.
"I think the biggest benefit is the fact that I don't have to pay her," he joked.
After meeting at the racetrack when Napravnik rode for...