All of the inside scoop on Virginia's biggest day of Steeplechase racing -- the Virginia Gold Cup. Hey, 50,000 of your closest friends can't be wrong! Do you have your tickets yet?

Thursday, May 5, 2011


Rosie (Reuters)

Besides occurring on the same day and generating arguments about which is more fun, the Livingsocial Virginia Gold Cup and the Kentucky Derby presented by Yum! Brands have more in common than horses, jockeys, hats, bourbon and commercial sponsors.

Jockey Rose Navpravnik will ride Pants On Fire in the Kentucky Derby while sister Jazz trains Flying Horse Farm’s Monstaleur who is entered to run in the sixth, and final, race on Saturday’s Virginia Gold Cup card.

Rosie  began race riding at 16 in steeplechase meets. By 17 she had her jockey's license. In 2006 she was runner-up to Julien Leparoux for the Eclipse Award as outstanding apprentice jockey.  She has earned top honors at Pimlico and Laurel in Maryland and the Fair Grounds in New Orleans.

Jazz graduated from the Pony Club and the performance horse word and went onto learn the training ropes from top Mid-Atlantic trainers including Jack Fisher, Catherine Robinson, Ann Merryman and Bruce Miller.
Jazz (right) (Pensy Small/Steeplechase Times)
The girls’ father is a farrier (blacksmith) and their mom is a professional horsewoman in their home state of New Jersey.

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