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Believe You Can, jockey Rosie Napravnik win Kentucky Oaks

May 04, 2012|By John Cherwa
  • Believe You Can with jockey Rosie Napravnik pulls ahead of Broadway's Alibi and John R. Velazquez near the finish of the Kentucky Oaks on Friday.
Believe You Can with jockey Rosie Napravnik pulls ahead of Broadway's… (Ron Garrison / McClatchy-Tribune )

LOUISVILLE, Ky--Believe You Can, an overlooked 13-1, swept past front running Broadway's Alibi to win Friday's $1 million Kentucky Oaks, the 3-year-old filly equivalent of the Kentucky Derby.

Jockey Rosie Napravnik became the first woman to ever win this race. Believe You Can paid $29.60, 11.80 and 6.40. Race favorite Grace Hall finished third.

"It's unbelievable," said Napravnik. "It's a dream come true. The filly was all talent and all heart."

Broadway's Alibi broke cleanly and sharply to the front and appeared very game holding the lead until about 1/16th of a mile remained when Believe You Can moved in front to win by 3/4 length.

Former governor of Kentucky, Brererton Jones was the winning owner and Mark Jones was the trainer.

The race was delayed 45 minutes when a rain and lightning storm swept through the area. Patrons in the infield were advised to take cover anticipating heavy winds and lightning. However, the storm slipped south and the track did not get the anticipated severe weather.

The Oaks day crowd was 112,552.


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