03/15/2006 1:00AM

Fonner Park track report


Rider Dan Beck will be out for the remainder of the Fonner Park season and possibly much longer after being injured in a strange spill at the start of last Sunday's eighth race.

Beck was aboard Shy Annie, who stumbled and failed to get her front legs back under herself at the start. The horse went back down and flung Beck to the track before finally righting herself and then running around the track riderless. Beck emerged with a broken collarbone, one of several he has endured during his career, plus a broken bone in his neck that will require surgery. Luckily for Beck, the injury does not involve the spinal cord.

He was treated at St. Francis Hospital in Grand Island, Neb., and released. He was wearing a brace Monday to stabilize the injury.

It was Beck's first weekend back riding after a pair of spills in the opening two weekends of the season had sidelined him with soreness. Beck has just over 1,600 career wins and was coming off a very successful 2005, when he rode mostly injury-free to collect 76 wins from 527 mounts.

* Larren Delorme, second in the rider standings, completes his three-day suspension on Friday after sitting out last Saturday and Sunday. Delorme received the ban for causing interference into the turn of a four-furlong race on March 4. Delorme was allowed to ride in Saturday's Ogataul Stakes, where he finished seventh aboard Uncle Beno. The Ogataul, as with all stakes races at the meet, is a designated race in which suspended riders are allowed to compete.

* The victory by R.D. Williams aboard High Fleet in the Ogataul was part of a four-win day to launch him solidly to the top of the rider standings. Williams rode the last three winners of Saturday's 10-race card and owns a 22-15 edge over Delorme in the standings.