10/14/2001 11:00PM

Wilson hurt, out indefinitely


Rick Wilson, the veteran Maryland-based rider, will be out of action indefinitely after suffering a broken right leg and three broken ribs in a spill at Pimlico Race Course on Friday.

Wilson, 48, underwent surgery Friday night to have a titanium rod inserted in his leg. He broke the leg after his mount in the fourth race, Home Verse, broke a leg in the final turn. Wilson was thrown from the horse, who was later euthanized, and was then struck by a trailing horse.

Wilson's agent, John Salzman Jr., said Monday that Wilson had returned home and was walking, although no timetable has been set for his return to racing.

"He's doing real well," Salzman said. "He's walking on it, but he talked to the doctor yesterday, and the doctor said he doesn't know when he'll be able to ride again. But it doesn't appear to be career-threatening."

At the time of the accident, Wilson had 11 winners from 41 mounts at Pimlico during the track's abbreviated fall meet.