Canadian Jockey Clark Makes Unlikely Return

Many wondered if jockey David Clark would be able to come back from serious injuries this season or perhaps ever again. But as he's proven time and again over his illustrious career, never count Clark out.

On Aug. 15, the 48-year-old suffered two collapsed lungs, nine broken ribs and a broken clavicle while training on Woodbine's main track.

Mere days after the morning training spill, Clark, who has won more than 2,300 races and $47 million over the course of his career, vowed he'd return this year. True to his word, the native of Blaydon, England , will ride Devil's Prophet in Friday's third race at Woodbine.

Now in his colony-leading 29th campaign, Clark is seventh in Canadian riding standings, with 58 wins in 338 mounts. He hasn't ranked lower than fourth in wins since 1997.

The 1999 recipient of the prestigious Avelino Gomez Memorial Award has enjoyed a storied career as one of Canada's most consistent riders. He's the only jockey to win two Queen's Plates in the 80's and one of only three active riders to win the Plate more than once. Todd Kabel and Craig Perret have both won the event twice.

This season, Clark has 60 seconds and 41 thirds to go along with his 58 wins, as well as $3,139,337 in earnings.