10/15/2011 4:22PM

Delaware: Riding double for Rosie Napravnik on first day back

Email
HoofprintsInc.com
Rose Napravnik, riding for the first time since July 7, guides The Funky Express to victory in the Small Wonder at Delaware.

Rosie Napravnik won with her first mount since missing three months with a broken wrist and topped off her return to Delaware Park by winning the last of four stakes on Saturday’s program.

Napravnik, last year’s leading rider at Delaware, scored by 2 1/4 lengths aboard heavily favored Cape Girl ($2.80) in the second race, then after one off-the-board finish and a close second, she completed her first day of racing since July 7 when she guided the 2-year-old filly The Funky Express ($5.60) to a 2 1/4-length victory in the $75,000 Small Wonder.

Based at Belmont Park with trainer Gary Gullo, The Funky Express was making her first start since crushing $50,000 New York-bred maiden claimers at Saratoga on Aug. 19. She ran the 5 1/2 furlongs over a track that played fast all day in 1:04.26.

Napravnik  finished eighth of nine on 4-1 third choice Coach Fridge in the $75,000 First State Dash for 2-year-olds, a race Jack’s in the Deck ($7.80) won by a length over 25-1 outsider Always Smiling. It was the third win in six starts and the second stakes victory for Jack’s in the Deck, who captured the Grade 2 Futurity at Belmont Park in early July.

Napravnik and Funky Munky Mama looked like winners coming down the stretch of the $75,000 Tax Free Shopping Distaff, when the 3-year-old filly held a 1 1/2-length lead with a furlong remaining but deep closer Comet of Love ($5.40) finished fast to prevail by a length in the six-furlong sprint for fillies and mares. Comet of Love, ridden by Ricardo Chiappe for trainer Tom Ianotti, has now won 7 of 10 starts this season, including back-to-back stakes.

All four stakes on the program were restricted to Delaware-bred or Delaware-certified horses.

In the best of the stakes, favored Poseidon’s Warrior ($3.60) survived after dueling through blistering fractions of 21.24 and 43.26 seconds  to take the $75,000 New Castle by 1 3/4 lengths.

Ridden by Frankie Pennington for trainer Butch Reid, the 3-year-old Poseidon’s Warrior ran the six furlongs in 1:09.08 for his fifth win in 11 starts. Earlier this season, he won the East Hanover at Penn National and was second in the $250,000 Gallant Bob Handicap at his home track, Parx.

Nathan’s H Q finished second at 2-1, a half-length in front of Filled With Wonder.