Jockeys hurt in post-race fall

Napravnik expected to miss weekend

Fogelsonger should be back today

Laurel Notebook

Horse Racing

January 27, 2007|By Sandra McKee | Sandra McKee,SUN REPORTER

Anna Napravnik and Ryan Fogelsonger, two of the best-known riders in the Maryland jockey community, both went tumbling as their horses fell while galloping out after completing yesterday's sixth race at Laurel Park.

Fogelsonger is expected back today, but Napravnik is expected to be out through the weekend.

"She was released from the hospital at 8 p.m.," John Faltynski, Napravnik's agent, said last night. "All tests were negative, but she won't ride [today] and probably won't ride [tomorrow]. There are no cracks or bruises, but she's really sore."

The incident occurred a furlong past the finish line when Napravnik's mount, post-time favorite Look Out Lorie, fell after finishing second in the $32,000 allowance race. Fogelsonger's mount, Known Thief, could not avoid Look Out Lorie, tripped and sent Fogelsonger flying, too.

Napravnik, 18, was the state's top rider in 2006 and earned runner-up honors for outstanding apprentice rider in the nation. Fogelsonger, 25, earned the 2002 Eclipse Award for the top rookie rider in the country and has more wins at Maryland tracks than any other jockey during the past five years.

Napravnik was removed from the racetrack on a stretcher and transported to Laurel-Beltsville Hospital for X-rays on her lower back.

Fogelsonger appeared shaken but walked off the track under his own power, though he didn't ride his final two mounts.

"[Anna's] horse went down right in front of us and we didn't have a chance to avoid them," said Fogelsonger, who sprained his neck in a post-race spill Jan. 10 at Laurel. "I went head over heels again. I don't think anything is wrong - just really sore. I should be back [today]."

Ah Day state's best

Ah Day, an audacious colt with solid Maryland roots and a 3-year-old record that included six stakes wins, is the 2006 Maryland Horse of the Year.

The award is given annually based on a vote by the Maryland Racing Media Association. This year's winner outdistanced such competitors as Kentucky Derby winner Barbaro, who was trained at the Fair Hill Training Center, and Sweetnorthernsaint, the Derby betting favorite and second-place finisher in the Preakness, who is based at Laurel.

"This caught me by surprise," said Ah Day's breeder, owner and trainer King Leatherbury, the all-time third-leading trainer in the country. "But he's deserving. He has a beautiful record and he's a really nice horse who proves it every time he goes to the track, whether it's a long or short race or a fast or muddy track. He's just dynamite."

Ah Day and Leatherbury will be honored at a luncheon Feb. 24 at Laurel Park.

In 2006, Ah Day, a son of Malibu Moon out of Endette, hit the board in 12 of his 15 races, winning seven, while finishing second in four others. His six stakes wins put him in rarefied air, as few other horses in the country accomplished the feat last year. The last time a Maryland-bred won that many in one year was 1997, when Eclipse Award-winning sprinter Smoke Glacken took six stakes in eight starts.

Ah Day's next race will be the General George Handicap on Feb. 19.

Nellie Morse today

Yolanda B. Too returns to Maryland today to face seven older fillies and mares, including Lexi Star (3-1) and Katie's Love (4-1), in the $100,000 Nellie Morse Stakes. Yolanda is the 2-1 favorite, having run well in five graded stakes and having won her most recent race, the restricted Squan Song Stakes, by way of disqualification.

"That other filly did put us in a bad spot and it was good for our filly to get a stakes win," said trainer Rick Violette. "She's been so close in so many of them. I think [today's race] is a good distance. ... She will grind it along for as far as we ask her."

The one-mile test is the first leg of the season's first Magna 5, the $2 pick five wager on races at coast-to-coast tracks for a $500,000 guaranteed pool. Today's schedule also includes four races from the Sunshine Millions program, which matches Florida-breds against California-breds. Laurel Park-based Sweetnorthernsaint is the 9-5 morning line favorite in the $1 million Classic at Gulfstream Park.

Ceremonies set

The Maryland Jockey Club will honor Napravnik, Scott Lake and Robert Cole as the top jockey, trainer and owner, respectively, in 2006 in ceremonies between races today at Laurel.

Rose suspended

Jockey Jeremy Rose, Laurel's leading rider, was fined $1,500 and has been suspended five straight days beginning Monday by the Maryland Racing Commission because of a riding infraction in Wednesday's fourth race. Rose, 27, has 21 wins in the winter meeting.

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