08/12/2003 11:00PM

Penn National track report


This is Thomas Clifton's golden opportunity to take over as leading rider at Penn National Race Course.

Clifton came into Wednesday night's program just one win behind David Cora in the jockey standings for the spring-summer meet, which began on April 30. But with Cora serving a suspension this week, Clifton can move past him.

Cora has 63 wins in 364 mounts at the meet and is the track's overall leader for the year with 151 victories. Clifton ranks second at the meet with 62 wins and overall with 121 first-place finishes.

Harry Thompson, the track's leading trainer for eight of the last nine years, is on his way to another title. For the season, Thompson has saddled 107 winners from 492 starters at Penn National and tops the current meet with 66 winners.

Bruce Kravets ranks second in both categories with 87 and 35 wins, respectively.

* Trainer Steve Brown shipped 3-year-old colt Prospect Weaver ($12) to Monmouth Park to win a maiden race last Saturday. Brown and his rider, Clifton, are 2 for 2 at the Monmouth meet.