12/29/2003 1:00AM

Penn's top rider injured in spill


David Cora, three-time leading rider at Penn National Race Course, will be sidelined for at least six weeks as the result of injuries sustained when his mount fell in Saturday night's sixth race.

Cora broke his left collarbone and shoulder blade when the 6-year-old gelding Devil Will Do Ya, trailing the field, fell for the second time in his last three starts at the track. Devil Will Do Ya had to be euthanized because of the severity of his injuries.

Despite missing the last three live racing cards of the season, Cora wound up with his third straight riding title at Penn National with 233 wins, 163 seconds, and 162 thirds. His 1,164 mounts earned purses of $1,445,368.

Cora rode 279 winners at Penn National in 2001 and 268 winners last year.