08/08/2001 11:00PM

Dunkelberger injured in fall


Jockey Travis Dunkelberger, the nation's leader rider in wins, broke his collarbone Wednesday night in the seventh race at Charles Town and is expected to be sidelined for at least four to six weeks.

On Thursday, Dunkelberger, 24, said his mount, Southern Trail, stumbled and then broke his leg, tossing the rider to the ground near the sixteenth pole. Dunkelberger said he was scheduled to meet with a doctor Friday morning to see if the break required surgery.

The rider was second in the standings at Charles Town at the time of the spill. A perennial leader at Charles Town, Dunkelberger also rode on the Maryland circuit during the day for trainer Dale Capuano, who is third in the country in races won.

While he is sidelined, Dunkelberger, who has 259 wins this year and was chasing his first national riding title, will be overtaken by Ramon Dominguez, who trailed him by only one win going into Thursday.