05/28/2007 12:00AM

Pettinger thrown, hurt


Jockey Don Pettinger sustained three broken ribs and a partially collapsed lung in an accident before the eighth race Sunday at Lone Star Park near Dallas. He is expected to miss three or four weeks, said his agent, Monty Penney.

Pettinger was injured when his mount, Gold Expedition, got loose behind the starting gate of the first-level allowance sprint, throwing the rider then stepping on him.

Pettinger walked away from the accident, was taken to Methodist Hospital in Dallas for X-rays, and remained hospitalized there Monday.

"He's doing good," said Penney. "His spirits are good."

Penney said on Monday that he expected Pettinger to remain in the hospital for a few more days.

Pettinger, a 45-year-old native of Holly, Colo., has won with 3 of 39 starts at the meet, and is a career winner of more than 3,200 races.