Over the coming days, we are revealing, in alphabetical order, the 10 finalists for the 2014 Lexington Herald-Leader Kentucky Sportsman of the Year award.
The winner will be announced simultaneously the night of Feb. 4 on Kentucky.com and at the fourth annual Bluegrass Sports Awards banquet.
Complete results from Sportsman voting will be in the Feb. 5 Herald-Leader along with a story on the winner and summaries on each of the top 10 finishers in the voting.
Here is the seventh of the 10 finalists:
Why 2014 was a very good year: The Louisville-based jockey rode Untapable to wins in the Kentucky Oaks and the Breeders' Cup Distaff. After the latter event, Napravnik shocked the horse racing world by announcing her retirement — and that she was seven weeks pregnant with her first child with her husband, horse trainer Joe Sharp.
What the voters said:
1.) "Had one of the most amazing years ever by a jockey in Kentucky and won a Breeders' Cup race with an extra rider aboard. Has anyone ever done that before?
— Mark Buerger, WLAP-AM, Lexington
2.) "Napravnik went beyond 'the first female jockey to' and simply became one of the best in the business."
— Dan Rieffer, WDKY-TV, WLXG-AM, Lexington
3.) "When one of the greats hangs it up in their prime for family, that's a true champion."
— Alex Risen, WTVQ-TV, Lexington