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Oaks Day Comes Up Rosie

A sudden late afternoon storm drove Kentucky Oaks revelers from the infield and delayed the start of the day’s feature, but couldn’t keep Believe You Can, trained by Larry Jones, from the winner’s circle, making rider Rosie Napravnik the first female jockey to win the $1 million Grade 1 Oaks.


Fans walk through the tunnel to get to the infield at the start of the day. (Eclipse Sportswire)

Celebrating Oaks day at the paddock. (Eclipse Sportswire)

One of the many fans decked out in a fabulous floral hat. (Eclipse Sportswire)

Getting in the Kentucky Derby spirit. (Eclipse Sportswire)

A severe weather warning sent many fans under cover. (Eclipse Sportswire)

Taking shelter from the storm. (Eclipse Sportswire)

Believe You Can crosses the wire first in the 2012 Kentucky Oaks. (Eclipse Sportswire)

Believe You Can and Rosie Napravnik in the winner’s circle after the Kentucky Oaks with owner Bereton Jones, center, and trainer Larry Jones, right. (Eclipse Sportswire)

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