For a few minutes each morning, Rosie Napravnik resumes her familiar position as a rider climbing aboard a Kentucky Derby contender, Girvin, and leading him to the track at Churchill Downs.
If her life had taken a slightly different path, perhaps she'd have the mount Saturday on this very same horse, who laid waste to the competition in Louisiana all spring.
But that's no longer Napravnik's reality. Next to her and Girvin, on a white pony, is her husband, Joe Sharp. He's the Derby contender's trainer. She's the assistant trainer and in this special case, the exercise rider.
Come Saturday, Napravnik — who began her stellar riding career in Maryland — will happily hand...