With 4 Wins, Napravnik Back in Lead at Laurel

Apprentice jockey Rosie Napravnik tied her career best when she won four races, including the first three heats of the day, at Laurel Park Wednesday.

The 17-year-old, chasing an Eclipse Award in 2006 as the nation's leading apprentice rider, tops the Laurel jockey colony with nine wins after the first seven days of the racing year.

Napravnik got the party started in the opener with Dr. Marty ($12.60), charged by three others to win the second race atop Reckless Ways ($5.20), drew off in the lane to take the third with Professional ($6.40), and rallied Holly's Kid ($6.80) to emerge victorious in the seventh.

Napravnik was leading the Laurel Park fall standings with 46 victories during the first 44 days of the stand when she fractured her left collarbone in a spill on Nov. 12 and missed more than five weeks. She returned the day after Christmas.

"I think I have improved and will continue working on getting better," said Napravnik, who rides with the weight allowance until late August.

"I am really happy that, since I've come back from the injury, the trainers didn't lose faith," added Napravnik, who also rode four winners on Oct. 29 and now has 80 career victories.