Napravnik sidelined, Socialbug euthanized after training accident

Edited Churchill Downs release:

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 sidelines.

The injury occurred during a workout by the Bob Baffert-trained Socialbug, who suffered a fatal injury to her right front that sent Napravnik tumbling to the main track. Socialbug, a daughter of Curlin and half sister to champion Midnight Lute, had finished second in the Grade III, $111,000 Winning Colors on May 26. Owned by Mike Rutherford, the four-year-old dark bay filly was euthanized following the accident.

Napravnik was transported to University of Louisville Hospital for treatment.

The 26-year-old Napravnik was injured just a few hours after she had piloted Winchell Thoroughbreds’ favored Tapiture to victory in the Grade III, $109,400 Matt Winn for 3-year-olds on Saturday evening’s “Downs After Dark” racing program at Churchill Downs.

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 track. ┬áNapravnik was in the runner-up spot, nine wins ahead of third-place Julien Leparoux.

During Kentucky Derby Week Napravnik rode Winchell Thoroughbreds’ Untapable to victory in the $1 million 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.