Sports briefs: Napravnik out 4 to 6 weeks after training mishap at Churchill

June 16, 2014 

Churchill Downs said in a release that jockey Rosie Napravnik will miss four to six weeks after separating her left shoulder in a Sunday morning practice spill at Churchill Downs.

Napravnik, 26, will not require surgery after sustaining a mild separation of the joint in an accident aboard Socialbug. She was treated at University of Louisville Hospital.

The Bob Baffert-trained Socialbug, which finished second in the Grade III Winning Colors stakes on May 26, was euthanized.

Navpravnik's injury came hours after winning the Grade III Matt Winn Stakes aboard Tapiture, which ran 15th in last month's Kentucky Derby.

Her 31st victory this spring was second most for a woman rider in any meet at the track. She won a record 45 last spring.

Moonshine Mullin, who scored a 1¾-length victory in the Stephen Foster Handicap at Churchill Downs on Saturday night, came out of the race well, trainer Randy Morse said.

"He came out great, really great," Morse said. "We're just going to let this win sink in and we'll see what happens next."

Morse said he would probably take some of his horses back to Saratoga upon the completion of Churchill's Spring Meet, but he did not say if Moonshine Mullin was pointed to a specific race.

The two Grade I events for handicap horses this summer at Saratoga are the Aug. 2 Whitney Invitational Handicap and Aug. 30 Woodward, both run at 11⁄8 miles.

Moonshine Mullin was followed in order by Will Take Charge, Departing, Mylute, Golden Ticket, Revolutionary, Long River, Prayer for Relief and Jaguar Paw.

"He came out of the race fine," Will Take Charge trainer D. Wayne Lukas said. "We'll take a very serious look at the Whitney. This horse has an affinity for the Saratoga track."

"Departing is fine," trainer Al Stall Jr. said. "We were pleased with his effort and we will talk to the owners to see what's in store next."

■ Trainer Steve Asmussen said Tapiture, 15th in the Kentucky Derby before winning Saturday night's Grade III Matt Winn by 2 lengths at Churchill Downs, might race next in the Grade II West Virginia Derby on Aug. 2. "He was pretty impressive last night," Asmussen said.

Lexie Lou, We Miss Artie win at Woodbine

Lexie Lou won the $500,000 Woodbine Oaks for fillies Sunday, beating Wild Cantomine by 41/2 lengths. Lexie Lou, ridden by Patrick Husbands, ran 11⁄8 miles in 1:49.77. The $300,000 winner's share boosted her lifetime earnings over $630,000.

Earlier, We Miss Artie won the $150,000 Plate Trial Stakes, the prep event for the Queen's Plate on July 6.

UK basketball recruiting Calipari calls 7-footer Maker with offer

High school basketball star Thon Maker received a scholarship offer from Kentucky, his guardian confirmed to the Herald-Leader. Edward Smith said that Coach John Calipari called with the offer Sunday, which was the first day that college coaches were allowed to directly contact prospects from the class of 2016. Smith said they also spoke to UK assistant coach Kenny Payne on Sunday.

Maker is considered the No. 1 overall player in the class by ESPN and is ranked No. 3 by Rivals, Scout and 247Sports.

The 7-footer from Sudan plays for the Carlisle School in Virginia, and he is considering a move to the class of 2015, which would mean he'd play only one more season of high school basketball before heading off to college.

Smith recently told ZagsBlog that a decision on reclassification would probably be made around January.

Maker also has offers from Duke, Kansas, Louisville, Arizona, Indiana, Memphis and Georgetown, among others.

Minor League baseball

Legends close out first half with a loss

The Lexington Legends went into the South Atlantic League's All-Star break with their third straight loss, 10-3 to the Charleston RiverDogs on Sunday evening at Whitaker Bank Ballpark.

The Legends, who finished the first half of the season 29-41, were up 1-0 until the RiverDogs scored four runs in the top of the seventh inning.

A bright spots for the Legends was starter Crawford Simmons pitching five shutout innings. He gave up two hits and four walks and had six strikeouts.

Taylor Rogers (UK) gave up two runs on six hits and pitched a complete game in Double-A New Britain's 6-2 win against Trenton. Rogers, a Minnesota Twins prospect, improved to 6-4.

Jerad Grundy (UK), an Oakland A's prospect, pitched six innings and gave up one earned run with six strikeouts in his season debut for short-season Class A Vermont's 6-4 win at Lowell.

J.T. Riddle (Western Hills, UK) went 2-for-4 and hit his third home run of the season in Class A Greensboro's 7-1 win at Kannapolis. The Miami Marlins prospect, a second baseman, is 5-for-9 with four RBI in his past two games.

■ UK's Matt Reida, who went undrafted in this month's major-league draft, signed with the River City Rascals of the independent Frontier League. Reida batted. 246 with five home runs, 10 doubles and 36 RBIs for Kentucky this past season.

College World Series Louisville facing elimination vs. Texas

For a coach whose team had sustained another ugly loss in a College World Series opener, Louisville's Dan McDonnell sure was in a good mood Saturday night. Louisville pitchers issued nine walks, and Vanderbilt scored on a wild pitch and passed ball while sending the Cardinals to a 5-3 loss Saturday night.

The Cards came to Omaha, Neb., determined to avoid a repeat of what happened here last year, when they lost 2-0 to Indiana in their opener and were eliminated in a four-error, 11-4 loss to Oregon State.

"I feel better about our club now than maybe at this time last year," McDonnell said. "I felt really good about our offense, and we had a lot of good at-bats. I thought our hitters really competed, put a lot of good swings on the ball, and they made two really nice catches."

Louisville (50-16) will play Texas in an elimination game Monday afternoon.

The Cardinals are in the CWS for the third time and are yet to win an opener. Sutton Whiting, who drove in Louisville's first run, said the Cards must forget the latest loss quickly.

"It's over with, and we've got to bounce back," he said. "Come with a good practice tomorrow and get back to work and face a good team in Texas Monday."

Boomer White drove in the go-ahead run in a dramatic eighth inning, and TCU beat Big 12 rival Texas Tech 3-2 in the College World Series on Sunday. The Horned Frogs (48-16) fell behind in the top of the eighth after starting pitcher Preston Morrison left the game, but they came back in the bottom half against Tech closer Jonny Drozd.

TCU closer Riley Ferrell (3-1) earned the win in relief of Morrison, who allowed five singles and struck out a career-high 10 in 71⁄3 innings.

The last word

Phil Mickelson hoped he could break through for his first U.S. Open title after six runner-up finishes, but his putter just didn't cooperate and he wound up tied for 28th at 7-over 287 after a final-round 72. But Mickelson tried to stay positive saying:

"I didn't have it all firing this week, but there will be other chances. I believe in the next five years I'm going to have three or four really good chances, and I do believe I will get it."

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