Napravnik Injured, to Miss Four to Six Weeks

Napravnik Injured, to Miss Four to Six Weeks
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Rosie Napravnik

Jockey Rosie Napravnik is expected to be away for four to six weeks while she recovers from a shoulder injury suffered in a training accident at Churchill Downs June 15.

Napravnik, 26, 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.

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 $111,000 Winning Colors Stakes (gr. III) May 26 at Churchill, was euthanized following the accident.

Napravnik was transported to University of Louisville Hospital for treatment.

On June 14 Napravnik, who has won 31 races during the Churchill spring meet, guided Winchell Thoroughbreds' Tapiture to victory in the grade III Matt Winn Stakes at the Louisville track. Earlier in the meet she won the Kentucky Oaks (gr. I) aboard Winchell Thoroughbreds' Untapable, whom she was expected to ride in the June 28 Mother Goose Stakes (gr. I) at Belmont Park.

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