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David A. Clark

David A. Clark (born October 23, 1953 in Blaydon, Tyne and Wear, England) is a Champion jockey in Canadian Thoroughbred horse racing. He began riding professionally at Ontario racetracks in 1973 and went on to become one of Canada's most successful jockeys of all-time.

Clark won the 1998 Sovereign Award as Canadian Champion Jockey and on July 17 of that year he tied a record set by Sandy Hawley in 1974 when he won six consecutive races at Woodbine Racetrack. In 1999 Clark was voted the Avelino Gomez Memorial Award. Among his more than 2,800 career wins, Clark has twice won Canada's most prestigious race, the Queen's Plate. He earned his first win in 1981 aboard Fiddle Dancer Boy and his second in 1985 on La Lorgnette.

Divorced with two daughters, David Clark's daughter Cory followed in his footsteps and in 2000 she won the Sovereign Award for Outstanding Apprentice Jockey.

Conviction for drunk driving causing death

In April 2008, Clark pled guilty to charges of impaired driving causing death and impaired driving causing bodily harm in a May 16, 2006 motor vehicle accident near Kleinberg, Ontario that took the life of a 34-year-old school teacher. In November of 2008, Clark was sentenced to two years less a day of house arrest followed by two years probation and is required to do 240 hours of community service. [1]



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