07/05/2014 8:27AM

Napravnik back on horses after injury


ELMONT, N.Y. – Talk about a fast healer.

Jockey Rosie Napravnik, who suffered a shoulder separation in a spill during a morning workout June 16 at Churchill Downs, was back on horses Saturday morning at Belmont Park and plans to return to race riding next weekend. Napravnik said she is scheduled to ride a couple of stakes races July 12 at Arlington Park and will spend the summer at Saratoga, a meet that begins July 18.

On Saturday, Napravnik got on five horses for trainer Mike Maker, for whom Napravnik’s husband, Joe Sharp, is the New York-based assistant.

“Everything’s good. Today’s my first day on horses, so it’s all good,” Napravnik said between sets. “My goal is to ride at Arlington next weekend.  So as long as everything goes well, I’ll get on horses the next couple of days. That’s where we’ll be.”

Napravnik, 26, was in the midst of a terrific season at the time of her injury. Despite missing the last three weeks, she ranks eighth nationally in purse earnings with $6.367 million and 11th in wins with 125. She has won 21 stakes, including the Kentucky Oaks aboard Untapable. Despite missing the last part of the meet, Napranvik still finished in a tie for second in the Churchill Downs standings with 31 wins and had a gaudy .323 winning percentage.

Napravnik credited doctors at the University of Louisville – specifically Dr. Raymond Shea – with fostering her quick recovery.

“I was amazed. It was very painful in the beginning, but the recovery progressed every day by leaps and bounds,” Napravnik said. “They really hooked me up good with trying to get me back. Luckily, with [only missing] three weeks, the fitness is not gone yet.”