No sport can match horse racing's rapid-fire highs and lows. The morning after dominating a $300,000 stakes, you're lying on the track in pain, which is how Rosie Napravnik's weekend went.
Napravnik, one of the nation's leading riders, suffered a shoulder injury Sunday morning during a workout at Churchill Downs when the 4-year-old filly Socialbug broke down and unseated her. Napravnik was taken to University Hospital in Louisville, and her marketing agent, Kelly Summers Wietsma, tweeted that the jockey had "a mild separation between shoulder and clavicle, but no surgery will be needed. She is expected to be out of competition for four to six weeks."
In an email to Newsday, Wietsma said: "Could have been much worse."
Napravnik, 26, went down only 10 hours after winning Churchill's Grade III Matt Winn Stakes with the 3-year-old colt Tapiture. She ranks third nationally this year with 125 victories and fifth with earnings of more than $6.36 million.
Socialbug, who was trained by Bob Baffert, was euthanized because of a catastrophic leg injury.
A release from the track said Napravnik was expected to make a full recovery, but she won't be able to ride the country's leading 3-year-old filly, Untapable, June 28 in the Grade I Mother Goose Stakes at Belmont Park.
Untapable gave Napravnik her second Kentucky Oaks victory in three years in a 4 ½-length runaway May 2. Many handicappers speculated that if Untapable instead had run the next day in the Kentucky Derby, she might have defeated California Chrome.
Coburn: 'I got some boos'
Steve Coburn, California Chrome's controversial co-owner, said he was "nervous" Saturday night at the Derby trophy presentation at Churchill Downs.
"I got some boos," he said. "I deserved them."
Coburn became everybody's target by acting like a sore loser on June 7 minutes after the Belmont Stakes, saying the connections of winner Tonalist took "the coward's way out" by skipping the Derby and Preakness. The next morning, Coburn made it worse, saying he regretted nothing while ranting on during live interviews with "Good Morning America" and ESPN. Last Monday, he made a tearful apology on "Good Morning America."
Before the Preakness, Coburn ripped Churchill for poor hospitality during Derby week, adding, "They didn't even congratulate us."
Track executive John Asher patted an emotional Coburn on the back during Saturday's ceremony. "These folks met us with open arms today," Coburn said. "We've talked . . . So we're all good."
Co-owner Perry Martin attended, but jockey Victor Espinoza and trainer Art Sherman did not. Former jockey Jose Espinoza represented his younger brother.
Coburn, who gave out his phone number June 8 on ESPN, estimated he's received a total of more than 2,000 calls and texts. He said "97 percent" agreed that horses should be required to run in the Derby to be eligible for the Preakness and Belmont.
When a reporter asked if he still regrets his outbursts, Coburn said: "I apologized. What else do you people want? My apologies have been accepted."