04/04/2007 11:00PM

Napravnik out to return at Delaware


Rosie Napravnik, the leading rider in Maryland in 2006, intends to ride full-time at Delaware Park this season.

Napravnik, 19, who has been sidelined since she sustained three compression fractures in her back as the result of a spill at Laurel Park on Jan. 26, is optimistic she can resume riding near the end of this month. That timetable coincides with the opening of Delaware Park on April 28.

"I really haven't had any pain in my back," Napravnik said. "The doctor said it takes 12 weeks to heal, and I go back to him on April 18th. Hopefully I can get on horses on the 19th and be back two weeks later, but that will depend on how my back feels and how my fitness is."

In addition, Napravnik has changed agents and will be represented by Steve Rushing. Rushing, best known for bringing Edgar Prado to Maryland from New England in 1989, also books mounts for Ramon Dominguez, who has won riding titles at Delaware, Pimlico, and Laurel.

Napravnik won 259 races at Laurel and Pimlico last year and was the top jockey at all four meets at those tracks. She rode full-time for most of the summer at Delaware while racing on the Maryland circuit shifted to Colonial Downs, winning 29 races, including one stakes, and finishing 14th in the Delaware rider standings.