Last year, Napravnik became the first female rider in the history of Delaware Park to capture the leading jockey title by posting a record of 126 winners from 529 mounts. She followed up her Delaware Park success by winning the Louisiana Derby and capturing the leading jockey title at the Fair Grounds, and in so doing she became the first female to win the Louisiana Derby and the first female to win the Fair Grounds jockey title.
Elite Alex runs second
Elite Alex, once a highly regarded contender on the road to the Kentucky Derby, finished second beaten 7-lengths in a $41,000 allowance at Delaware Park today. With Joe Rocco, Jr., aboard the 3-year-old son of Afleet Alex was the 2-to-5 favorite in the field of five.
The winner, I’m Steppin’ It Up with Brian Pedroza, returned $15.40 and covered the mile in 1:36.15 over a fast main track.
In his previous effort, Elite Alex finished ninth in the Grade I Arkansas Derby at Oaklawn Park on April 16. On March 26, the Ontario-bred conditioned by Delaware Park-based trainer Tim Ritchey, ran fourth in the Grade II Louisiana Derby at the Fair Grounds. Last year, Elite Alex broke his maiden at Delaware Park in his career debut going five furlongs. He has a record of a win, two seconds and a third from six starts with earnings of $106,000.