Napravnik Hospitalized After Laurel Mishap
Jockeys Rosie Napravnik and Ryan Fogelsonger went to the ground Friday when Napravnik's horse fell while galloping out after completing the sixth race at Laurel Park and Fogelsonger's mount tripped over the fallen horse.
The incident occurred a furlong past the finish line when odds-on favorite Look Out Lorie tumbled to the ground after finishing second in the $32,000 allowance race, spilling the 18-year-old Napravnik. Fogelsonger’s mount, Known Thief, could not avoid the fallen horse and tripped, losing her rider.
Napravnik, was removed from the racetrack on a stretcher and transported to Laurel-Beltsville Hospital for x-rays on her lower back.
“She is conscious and alert but in a lot of pain,” said John Faltynski, Napravnik’s agent.
Fogelsonger, who appeared shaken, got up and walked off the track under his own power but did take off his final two mounts of the afternoon. The 25-year-old sprained his neck in a post race spill Jan. 10 at Laurel and missed two days of racing.
“Rosie’s horse went down right in front of us and we didn’t have a chance to avoid them,” Fogelsonger said. “I went head over heels again. I don’t think anything is wrong – just really sore. I should be back tomorrow.”
Known Thief got up and ran off. Look Out Lorie was kept on the ground while attendants removed Napravnik from the scene. When the rider was out of the way, Look Out Lorie got to her feet and was transported from the track in the horse ambulance.
Napravnik was Maryland’s top rider in 2006 and earned runner-up honors for outstanding apprentice rider in the nation. Fogelsonger earned the Eclipse Award for the top rookie rider in the country in 2002 and has amassed more wins than any jockey at Pimlico and Laurel Park over the last five years.
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