08/10/2006 11:00PM

Two Penn National riders hurt


Jockeys Thomas Clifton and Ediberto Rodriguez were hospitalized with injuries sustained when their mounts fell during Thursday night's third race at Penn National Race Course.

Clifton, 37, the track's leading rider with 96 wins, broke his nose, collarbone, and several ribs. He also underwent a non-surgical procedure to halt internal bleeding caused by a lacerated liver and is expected to spend several days in the intensive care unit of the Penn State Milton S. Hershey Medical Center.

Rodriguez, 38, sustained back injuries and is expected to be placed in a partial body cast. He ranks sixth in the Penn National jockey standings with 54 victories.

Neither horse involved was seriously injured.