Updated on 06/18/2014 9:49AM

Napravnik injured in Sunday morning training spill

Shigeki Kikkawa
Jockey Rosie Napravnik is expected to miss four to six weeks after suffering a separated should in a training spill Sunday.

LOUISVILLE, Ky. – Less than 10 hours after winning the Matt Winn Stakes aboard Tapiture at Churchill Downs, star jockey Rosie Napravnik suffered a shoulder injury in a Sunday morning training spill involving a filly named Socialbug.

Churchill reported through Napravnik’s husband, Joe Sharp, and publicity agent Kelly Wietsma that the 26-year-old jockey suffered a “mild separation” of the clavicle in the left shoulder joint. The report stated the injury will not require surgery and that Napravnik is expected to be out about four to six weeks.

Socialbug, trained by Bob Baffert, broke down near the sixteenth pole during a workout and had to be euthanized with a catastrophic injury to her right front leg. Owned by Mike Rutherford, the 4-year-old Curlin filly recorded three wins and three seconds from seven lifetime starts and most recently had finished second in the May 26 Winning Colors Stakes at Churchill.

Napravnik, 26, is the regular rider of Kentucky Oaks winner Untapable, who will make her next start June 28 in the Grade 1 Mother Goose at Belmont Park, presumably with a replacement rider.

Napravnik was aboard Tapiture when the colt got a perfect trip and earned a 92 Beyer Speed Figure in a two-length victory Saturday night in the Grade 3 Matt Winn, the first of four straight stakes on a Downs After Dark card that was run amid perfect weather and attracted an ontrack crowd of 21,671. Trainer Steve Asmussen said the Winchell Thoroughbreds homebred likely will make his next start in the Grade 2, $750,000 West Virginia Derby, a Mountaineer Park race that Asmussen has won four times.

Later Saturday, Moonshine Mullin was a 10-1 winner of the Grade 1 Stephen Foster Handicap under Calvin Borel. The 6-year-old horse earned a 101 Beyer in finishing 1 3/4 lengths ahead of late-running Will Take Charge, the 123-pound highweight and 5-2 favorite in a field of nine. It was the third straight triple-digit Beyer for Moonshine Mullin.

Trainer Randy Morse said Sunday morning that a race at Saratoga is likely next for Moonshine Mullin, who he said exited the race in great shape.

“We’ll take a few up there and get them out of this heat,” said Morse. “I’ll tell you, though, I’m sure not looking to go against Palace Malice. I’d think we can find a spot.”

By virtue of his Foster win, Moonshine Mullin, claimed for $40,000 in November by Randy Patterson, earned an automatic berth and an expenses-paid trip to the Nov. 1 Breeders’ Cup Classic, although Morse was hesitant to commit to that race.

“That’s quite a long ways away,” he said.

The Grade 1 victory was the first for Morse in a training career that began in 1981.

In other Saturday night stakes action, Molly Morgan earned a 97 Beyer with her four-length triumph in the Grade 2 Fleur de Lis Handicap, and Aurelia’s Belle got an 84 Beyer for her win via the disqualification of A Little Bit Sassy in the Grade 3 Regret.

An Arabian race, the Grade 1 President of the United Arab Emirates Cup, was won for the second straight year by Valiant Boy Sbfar, an odds-on favorite. The Arabian event followed the four consecutive stakes as the 10th of 11 races.

This was the 27th Downs After Dark card since Churchill began its occasional use of lights in June 2009. Attendance compared favorably with similar cards of recent times, as 24,431 turned out on opening night, April 26. Attendance last year on Foster night was 23,509.

Nick Munoz More than 1 year ago
wish i would have known this before i keyed her horse in a pick 4 at churchill on sunday no wonder why she had a bad ride..get well soon..
ken n More than 1 year ago
If she landed on her head she will be alright.
Jeff Wright More than 1 year ago
relax with that
mike More than 1 year ago
Or if you landed on yours.
Jim Babenko More than 1 year ago
I think Rosie's riding days are winding down. She said she wants to start a family soon and incidents like this will surely speed that decision up. Get well soon Rosie.
Greg More than 1 year ago
Poor girl just lost mount to johnny V. She'll never get it back.
MD23 More than 1 year ago
LOL good one. It's a replacement mount. Trainers/owners do it all the time where they let the jockey know "Hey....you're replacing this jock but don't expect to get the mount back. This horse is their horse."
Charles Sakach More than 1 year ago
How did this article on Rosie and Socialbug evolve into other stuff? Just wondering... BTW: Get well soon Rosie. My condolences to the connections of Socialbug. It is sobering times like these that remind us all of just how dangerous this sport is.
Bellwether4U More than 1 year ago
Squeeze that lemon till its dry...
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Until the juice runs down my leg.
mike More than 1 year ago
Aren't you the card!
John More than 1 year ago
Leg up for Blue Haired Bob at your own risk.Dude makes Mengele look humane.
John More than 1 year ago
Seems like nothing ever good comes out of shipping, either east or west, usually a defeat, which is just racing, but Socialbug was a nice filly here in California, would have been a very nice broodmare. Sometimes just staying home and taking whats available here is just best ! RIP little girl, and get well fast Rosie !
Chad mc rory More than 1 year ago
He had been drilling this Filly hard lately. Here is a sampling. She ran 2nd in a Gr3 on 26 May, then he worked her in 47&4 on June 9, then she broke down working 6 days later.
Em Duett More than 1 year ago
Was anyone at Churchill Sat. night? Mr. Coburn & Co. received a rather tepid response, peppered with some boos while receiving the Derby trophy. We were standing in the winner's circle watching the "show" and, interestingly, "something happened" with the sound sytem when he took to the microphone.