11/13/2008 12:00AM

Jockey David Clark sentenced


ETOBICOKE, Ontario - David Clark, a jockey based at Woodbine, was sentenced to house arrest for a period of two years less a day in a Newmarket, Ontario courtroom on Thursday.

Clark, 55, had pleaded guilty in April to charges of impaired driving causing death and impaired driving causing bodily harm.

The charges stemmed from an accident on May 16, 2006, in which Clark's vehicle struck one traveling in the opposite direction. The passenger in the other vehicle, a 34-year-old woman, was killed.

During the period of house arrest, Clark will be confined to his home at all times except for employment purposes, medical or legal appointments, or when with a companion over the age of 18 approved by his probation service.

Following that period, Clark will be placed on two years' probation that will require 240 hours of community service. He also received a three-year driving prohibition.

Clark currently is licensed by the Ontario Racing Commission. Brent Stone, supervisor of racing for the ORC, declined to comment on Clark's possible future as a jockey until he has had time to review the court documents and conditions of the house arrest.

Clark, who last rode on Sunday, has compiled a lifetime record of 2,758 wins from 19,140 mounts for earnings of approximately $75 million.

This year, Clark has 53 winners from 470 mounts.