Napravnik, Lake, Cole capture year-end titles

Jockey, trainer, owner 1st in Laurel fall meet

December 31, 2006|By FROM STAFF REPORTS

Anna "Rosie" Napravnik, Scott Lake and Robert Cole have wrapped up year-end titles at the major Maryland tracks in the jockey, trainer and owner divisions, respectively.

The trio also finished atop the standings for the Laurel Park fall meeting, which concluded yesterday.

Napravnik had 259 victories at Laurel Park and Pimlico in 2006 and captured the riding titles at all four meets: Laurel Park winter, Pimlico spring, Laurel summer and Laurel fall.

Erick Rodriguez (131), Ryan Fogelsonger (127) and Luis Garcia (121) were the only other riders to win more than 100 races during the 184 live days.

Napravnik, 18, also has the best winning percentage among riders with more than 500 mounts, winning at a 21.3 percent clip. She won a race in 135 of the 172 cards she rode during the year, with 80 multiple-win afternoons.

Lake, the nation's leading trainer with 528 wins, saddled 114 winners at the major Maryland tracks during the year, 56 more than Dale Capuano. Lake captured the Laurel winter, Pimlico spring and Laurel fall titles.

Cole is the state's top owner for the first time. His runners won 49 times from 116 starts, a 42.2 percent rate. The Baltimore County native will finish third nationally in wins and ranks in the top 10 in earnings.

Meanwhile yesterday at Laurel, Richard Golden's Welcome Inn won the $75,000 Maryland Juvenile Filly Championship with a well-timed ride under jockey Jeremy Rose.

While 1-5 favorite Spectacular Malibu did everything right, carefully stalking the pace and assuming the lead when roused, she could not hold off the strong finishing effort by Welcome Inn, who outgunned 1-5 favorite Spectacular Malibu in a head-to-head battle to the finish line. Welcome Inn won by a neck in 1 minute, 39.26 seconds. Paying Off finished third.

The winner, a chestnut daughter of Orientate trained by H. Graham Motion, paid $11.

In yesterday's co-feature, Buckingham Farm LLC's Roaring Lion survived two challenges to win the $75,000 Maryland Juvenile Championship under jockey Luis Garcia.

Roaring Lion broke alertly, charged to the lead down the backstretch in the one-mile test and held off a challenge from Digger at the top of the lane. Going to the finish line, Bianchi's Boy mounted a furious rally to just miss, finishing a neck behind the winner. Digger held on to third.

The winner completed the distance in 1:38.56 and paid $4.80.

Richard Small trains Roaring Lion, a winner of three races in five starts.

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