Injured jockey Rosie Napravnik nears comeback
NEW YORK (AP) Rosie Napravnik plans to resume riding next weekend, marking a swift return from a shoulder injury suffered last month.
Napravnik took an important step Saturday at Belmont Park, exercising five horses for trainer Mike Maker. It's the first time in the saddle since separating her shoulder after a workout spill at Churchill Downs on June 16.
Joe Sharp, Napravnik's husband, is the assistant trainer supervising Maker's New York division.
''Feeling good after breezing five this morning,'' Napravnik said in a Twitter message. ''First day back at the track.''
Even with lost time because of the injury, the 26-year-old Napravnik still ranks eighth nationally in purse earnings with $6.4 million. Her biggest victory this season was aboard Untapable in the Kentucky Oaks.