Pimlico will have the present female jockeys compete in a female jockey championship. Those riders consist of: Chantal Sutherland, Anna Napravnik, Rosemary Homeister, Emma-Jayne Wilson, Vicky Baze, and Forest Boyce. Call 410-542-9400 for ticket information.
While the 2011 The People’s Pink Party welcomes back many traditions established in 2010, it will also add a new one, a four-race Jockey’s Challenge featuring six of the nation’s top female jockeys competing in four races with points awarded based upon their finish.
The jockey with the most points at the end of a four-race competition will be crowned champion. Riding assignments are determined by a drawing Sunday, May 15, and jockeys receive points for finishing first (12 points), second (6), third (4) and fourth (3) in each race. The champion jockey will earn $10,000. Other prize money: $7,000 (second); $6,000 (third), $4,000 (fourth), $2,000 (fifth) and $1,000 (sixth).
The six riders who agreed to take part are in alphabetical order:
Vicky Baze—ranks fourth all-time with 1,991 wins (thru Feb. 7, 2011). Won more than 200 races twice (1986 & 1993) and retired in 2001. Returned as a full-time rider in 2009 and won 152 races a year ago.
Forest Boyce—Maryland’s leading rider in 2010 as an apprentice. Runner-up for Eclipse Award after a 129-win year. Won 106 victories from June 29-Dec. 18 and captured the Laurel Park summer and fall riding titles.
Rosemary Homeister—second leading female rider of all-time in wins (2,438-thru Feb. 7, 2011) and earnings ($43 million), trailing only Hall of Famer Julie Krone. One of only five females to have a Kentucky Derby mount (Supah Blitz-2003). Finished second, beaten by a nose, in the 2009 Breeders’ Cup Marathon aboard Cloudy’s Knight.
Rosie Napravnik—won 300 races in 2006, including 259 at Pimlico and Laurel Park. Earned her first victory at Pimlico aboard Ringofdiamonds in June 2005. Earned her 1,000th career winner in Oct. 2010 at the age of 22 with $27 million in earnings. Currently the leading rider at Fair Grounds.
Chantal Sutherland—ranked 13th in North America last year with $8.8 million in earnings and is third all-time with over $40 million. Regular rider of Mine That Bird as a two-year-old in 2008. One of the stars of the reality show “Jockeys” on Animal Planet (2009).
Emma-Jayne Wilson—only female rider to win the Queen’s Plate, one of the three races in Canada’s Triple Crown series, when she guided Mike Fox to victory in 2007. Mounts have earned more than $37 million (fourth all-time) in just six years as a rider.
“I am really looking forward to riding against the best girls in the world. It should be competitive,” said Napravnik, who competed in last year’s challenge against seven male riders. “When I hit the head of the lane next to a guy I am very competitive but if it is Rosemary or any other female rider it is on. I don’t want any girls beating me. I love riding at Pimlico. The one big race I want to win is the Preakness because the track is home to me.”