01/09/2012 5:06PM

Fair Grounds: Napravnik escapes serious injury in fall

Lynn Roberts
Jockey Rosie Napravnik sprained both her ankles and incurred a deep bone bruise on one leg during a fall Sunday.

Leading jockey Rosie Napravnik hopes to ride the Wednesday card, despite spraining both her ankles and incurring a deep bone bruise on one leg in a mishap before Sunday’s sixth race.

Napravnik was hurt when she was thrown from her mount, Benwill, who reared while going onto the turf course. Napravnik was taken by ambulance to East Jefferson General Hospital to be examined, and she said via text message Sunday evening that no fractures had been detected.

Summer Applause sold, moves to Calhoun

A majority share in Summer Applause, the 3-year-old filly who impressively won a first-level route allowance Dec. 31, was sold to owner Gillian Campbell last week.

Bloodstock agent Mark Cornett, who in recent years has been involved with the private sale of graded stakes performers like Blind Luck, Dubai Majesty, and Killer Graces, said Campbell heads a group that bought 75 percent of Summer Applause from owner-breeder Greenwood Lodge Farm, with the latter entity retaining a one-fourth interest in the filly.

With the sale, Summer Applause moves from trainer Josie Carroll to trainer Bret Calhoun, who said the filly remains on course for a start in the Jan. 21 Silverbulletday Stakes.

“I’ve had her three days, and all she’s done is gallop for me,” Calhoun said Monday. “I’ll probably breeze her Saturday. I don’t know that much about her, but she’s a good mover, and everything has so far showed there’s no reason not to point for the Silverbulletday.”

Summer Applause, by Harlan’s Holiday, won a seven-furlong Woodbine maiden race at second asking before moving to New Orleans. She won the Dec. 31 allowance race by seven lengths after making an easy lead and received a Beyer Speed Figure of 83 for running one mile 70 yards in 1:43.55.

Carroll, meanwhile, appears to have another horse in the same division who might be at least as good as Summer Applause. Avie’s Sense, who was making her dirt debut, won a two-turn maiden race Jan. 5 by almost six lengths, and her time of 1:42.53 was the fastest one mile and 70-yard clocking at the meet.

St. John’s River undergoes surgery

St. John’s River, the 4-year-old filly who nearly upset the Kentucky Oaks last spring, will miss a few weeks of training after undergoing surgery in Kentucky to correct a breathing problem, the New Orleans Times-Picayune reported Sunday.

St. John’s River, the 2011 Delaware Oaks winner, had been working steadily for her comeback, with trainer Andy Leggio aiming for the Feb. 11 Tiffany Lass Stakes. St. John’s River won’t make that race now, but remains a possible runner in the March 15 New Orleans Ladies.