02/18/2002 1:00AM

Dunkelberger out till March


Jockey Travis Dunkelberger, who was involved in a nasty spill at Aqueduct on Feb. 9, is expected to miss the next two weeks because of soreness from that incident, his agent said Sunday. Dunkelberger is hoping to return to riding on March 2.

Dunkelberger took off his mounts on Feb. 10, 12, 13, and 14 before riding at Laurel Park on Saturday. He was aboard Prized Stamp, who finished second to Xtra Heat in Saturday's Grade 2 Barbara Fritchie Handicap, but complained of soreness afterward.

"He could hardly use his left hand and he still has abdominal pain," said Frank Sanabria, Dunkelberger's agent. "There is a possibility he has a cracked rib."

Dunkelberger, who moved his tack to New York from Maryland in late January to ride first-call for trainer Scott Lake, is expected to undergo additional medical evaluation.

In the last race on Feb. 9, Dunkelberger was aboard 1-2 favorite Flo's Charm, who broke his left foreleg just after making the lead on the turn and hurled Dunkelberger to the ground. Dunkelberger was taken of the track on a stretcher and taken to a nearby hospital. He said he had stomach cramps and pain to his right elbow, but was found not to have any fractures.

Dunkelberger was the third leading jockey in terms of wins in 2001.