Napravnik sidelined four-to-six weeks with shoulder injury
|Napravnik suffered a shoulder injury Sunday morning that will sideline her for at least a month
(Churchill Downs/Reed Palmer Photography)
Jockey Rosie Napravnik is expected to be out of the saddle
for four-to-six weeks while she recovers from a shoulder injury suffered in a
training mishap early Sunday morning at Churchill Downs.
Napravnik suffered what her husband, Joe Sharp, described as a "mild separation"
of the clavicle at the joint in her left shoulder, according the rider's
business agent Kelly Summers Weitsma. No surgery will be required and Napravnik
is expected to make a complete recovery from the injury during her time on the
The injury occurred during a workout by the Bob Baffert-trained Socialbug, who
suffered a fatal injury that sent Napravnik tumbling to the main track.
Socialbug, who had finished second in the Winning Colors on
May 26, was euthanized following the accident.
Napravnik was transported to University of Louisville Hospital for treatment.
The 26-year-old Napravnik was injured just one day after she piloted favored Tapiture to victory in the
Matt Winn on Saturday evening's "Downs After Dark" racing program at
The victory was her 31st of the spring meet, the second-highest total for a
female rider during any racing meet at Churchill Downs. Napravnik now holds the
two highest victory totals by a female rider in a single Churchill Downs race
meet. She rode 45 winners in the spring of 2013 to break a record held by
retired jockey and current NBC Sports racing analyst Donna Barton Brothers, who
had ridden 30 winners during the 1996 spring meet.
Corey Lanerie leads the current spring meet jockey standings with 42 wins
heading into Sunday's racing at the Louisville, Kentucky, track. Napravnik was in the
runner-up spot, nine wins ahead of third-place Julien Leparoux.
During Kentucky Derby Week, Napravnik rode Untapable to victory in the Kentucky Oaks. The Oaks triumph was the
second in three years for Napravnik, who is the only woman to win the race in
its 140-year history.
She also eclipsed another record held by Barton Brothers on May 25 when she rode
five winners on a single Churchill Downs racing program. Barton Brothers rode
four winners on June 28, 1996, to establish the previous record for female riders.
Napravnik's five-win performance prompted Churchill Downs announcer to exclaim
"Everything's coming up Rosie!" when she scored her third triumph -- and third
in-a-row -- during her record-setting day.
Five of her victories during the Churchill meet have come in stakes races. In addition to
the Oaks and Matt Winn, she rode Midnight Lucky to victory in the Humana Distaff, Delaunay
in the Aristides and Regally Ready
in the Opening Verse.
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