Rider Napravnik OK After Fall at Laurel Park

(from Laurel Park report)
Laurel Park's leading rider, Rosie Napravnik, took off her final five mounts Friday after being tossed from the mare Hazard during the third race at Laurel.

Racing down the muddy backstretch in the seven-furlong test for $7,500 claiming fillies and mares, Hazard took a misstep and faltered, sending Napravnik out of the saddle and hard to the ground. The 17-year-old was down for a full minute before she was able to rise to her feet on her own. Napravnik was alert and coherent, but elected to be transferred to Laurel-Beltsville Hospital for further examination where she was given a clean bill of health.

"She's fine," said John Faltynski, Napravnik's agent. "She'll be ready to go tomorrow."

The apprentice was involved in a spill Nov. 12, an accident which resulted in a broken collarbone. She missed five weeks of action.

She leads all Laurel Park riders this year with 24 wins, nine more than Mario Pino, Ryan Fogelsonger, and Erick Rodriguez.