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NEW YORK -- Rosie Napravnik is set to become the first female jockey to ride in all three Triple Crown races in the same year, and the first to try and win one aboard a filly. Wholesale Nuggets Jerseys . Trainer Todd Pletcher said Thursday that Napravnik is "very, very likely" to be his rider for Unlimited Budget in the Belmont Stakes on June 8. A final decision on whether Unlimited Budget takes on the boys in the Belmont will be made after a scheduled workout at Belmont Park over the weekend. The 3-year-old filly finished third in the Kentucky Oaks in her last race after opening her career with four victories. Napravnik rode Mylute to a fifth-place finish in the Kentucky Derby behind Orb and a third-place finish in the Preakness behind Oxbow. Those finishes were the best by a female rider in each race. Julie Krone is the only female jockey to win a Triple Crown race, taking the 1993 Belmont aboard Colonial Affair. Pletcher said Unlimited Budget is a big, strong filly who matches up well against colts. "She is not going to stand out as being the smaller filly in the group," Pletcher said of Unlimited Budget, a daughter of 2007 Derby winner Street Sense. "She will fit right in." Napravniks first Triple Crown race was the 2011 Derby, where she finished ninth aboard Pants On Fire. She was the sixth woman to ride in the Derby. She became the third woman to ride in the Preakness, joining Patty Cooksey (sixth with Tajwa in 1985) and Andrea Seefeldt (seventh with Looming in 1994). Last year, she became only the second female rider in the Belmont, finishing fifth aboard Five Sixteen. Krone rode in the Belmont four times. The 25-year-old Napravnik has ridden Unlimited Budget once before, winning the Rachel Alexandra at the Fair Grounds on Feb. 23. Currently ranked as the nations fifth-leading jockey in earnings, Napravniks big wins include the 2012 Kentucky Oaks aboard Believe You Can and the 2012 Breeders Cup Juvenile with Shanghai Bobby. Its rare enough for a filly to run in the 1 1/2-mile Belmont -- 22 in 144 runnings -- but Pletcher pulled off a win with Rags to Riches in 2007. It was the first time a filly won the race in 102 years. The trainer could send out as many as five starters in the Belmont. In addition to Unlimited Budget, Pletchers lineup is Revolutionary, Palace Malice, Overanalyze, with Midnight Taboo possible. Cheap Nuggets Jerseys . Patrice Bergeron and Daniel Paille scored 20 seconds apart a few minutes after Stamkos was taken off the ice on a stretcher with a broken right leg, and the Bruins beat the Lightning 3-0 on Monday afternoon. Cheap Nuggets Jerseys China . -- Brandon Jennings made the most of his first game with the Detroit Pistons on Sunday night. . -- Aldon Smith believes he is on the path to being sober for good. Forty years ago this morning, James Hunt kept us out of our beds. Given events throughout the previous eight months, it was impossible to resist the temptation to witness how the season would end on the far side of the world. It was the start of an early-morning ritual that would accompany the climax of future world championships.It could hardly have been otherwise in 1976 when you think Hunt had two of his victories taken away (one eventually reinstated) and been forced to start from the back of the grid at Monza for alleged (but never proven) fuel irregularities. But all of that had faded into bureaucratic insignificance compared to his challenger, Niki Lauda, virtually coming back from the dead six weeks after being given the last rites following a fiery crash on the fiercesome Nürburgring Nordschleife.With his British Grand Prix victory wiped out three months later and Lauda gaining another three points with elevation to P1, Hunts back had been against the wall. Ferrari may have won the courtroom battle but, in the process, they had made Hunt a very angry man. Big mistake. That was when he was at his most determined and dangerous.Hunts victories in the next two races in Canada and the United States were the product of sheer bloody-minded determination to wring the neck of his McLaren and stick up two fingers at the sports administrators. Cheap NBA Jerseys. That placed James just three points behind Niki with one race remaining.Cometh the hour and ears were pressed against radio sets. At the end of a season that had seen one controversy after another, the drama continued as Lauda pulled out of the race after a lap and Hunt, apparently heading for the title, was nearly taken out by a spinning car. Then he suffered a puncture. Were talking 1976, not 2016 and pit stops completed in the blink of an eye. Hunt was stationary for 27 seconds. It seemed like 27 minutes to the listening audience as the championship appeared to slip away once more.Then came the comeback on fresh tyres and an eventual third place that would be enough to give Hunt the title by one point. As the celebrations began in Japan, British fans fell into bed as happy and exhausted as the new World Champion. ' ' '