Bailey Diagnosed with Kidney Stone; Velazquez Also Off Mounts
Updated: Wednesday, October 16, 2002 1:39 PM
Posted: Monday, October 14, 2002 2:08 PM
From track reports
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Bailey sidelined by health problems.
Hall of Fame jockey Jerry Bailey went to Long Island Jewish Hospital Monday morning after complaining of discomfort in his kidneys. Doctors discovered a small kidney stone that Bailey should be able to pass naturally.
Bailey was replaced on three horses on Monday's Columbus Day card at Belmont Park. Also absent Monday was John Velazquez, the leading rider of the Belmont Park Fall Championship Meet. Velazquez is in Puerto Rico tending to his ailing father.
"He should be able to pass this stone later this afternoon," said Bailey's agent, Ron Anderson. "He should be back to riding later this week."
Bailey, 45, won four consecutive races on Sunday, including the grade II Astarita with Humorous Lady.
In July 2000, Bailey required a medical procedure to pass a larger kidney stone. Bailey, a native of Texas, was inducted into Hall of Fame in 1995. He has won the leading rider Eclipse Award five times: 2001, 2000, 1997, 1996 and 1995. He recorded career win No. 5,000 on May 6, 2001, with Gaviola in the Beaugay Handicap at Aqueduct. He has won nine riding titles at Belmont Park and seven at Saratoga.
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