Napravnik makes horse racing history

Rosie Napravnik became the first female to ride in all three Triple Crown races in the same year, riding Unlimited Budget to a sixth-place finish Saturday in the Belmont Stakes.

Napravnik, who finished fifth in the Kentucky Derby and third in the Preakness, was trying to become the second female jockey to win a Triple Crown race. In 1993, Julie Krone won the Belmont aboard Colonial Affair.

Napravnik, 25, is fourth in wins in the North American standings. Last year she was the first woman to win the Kentucky Oaks and the second to win a Breeders’ Cup race. (Krone was the first, in 2003.)

Riding Mylute, she had the highest finish by a woman at the Derby, improving on her ninth-place finish in 2011.

“It’s almost like I’ve gotten a real taste of it now, and I don’t want to quit until I win one,” Napravnik told The New York Times.

Krone told The Times that Napravnik’s skill "makes me smile."

“It’s really cool what she is doing," Krone said. "But again, they genderize it. Just let her be an athlete.”

Palace Malice seized the lead with a quarter-mile to go Saturday in the final leg of the Triple Crown and ran off to a 3 1/4-length victory over Oxbow at Belmont Park, with Kentucky Derby winner Orb another 1 3/4 lengths back in third.

See how it all unfolded:

The New York Times and Associated Press contributed to this report.

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