Day Suffering from Back Spasms; Off Mounts Thursday
Updated: Thursday, May 1, 2003 10:02 PM
Posted: Wednesday, April 30, 2003 10:09 AM
By Ron Mitchell
Photo: Jeremy Lyverse
Hall of Fame jockey Pat Day.
and Leslie Deckard
Hall of Fame jockey Pat Day took off his mounts at Churchill Downs on Thursday as he continues to be treated for back spasms. Day did not ride on Tuesday or Wednesday.
Day's agent, Doc Danner, said Day "wrenched his back while putting some trash in a bin" at his home and that the injury is unrelated to a spill one week ago at Keeneland in which the rider suffered contusions of the neck and shoulder.
The agent said Day was undergoing physical therapy all day Tuesday and was planning to use mineral water baths and a hot tub to help the problem.
Danner could not confirm Day would honor his mounts on the Kentucky Oaks card Friday and on Saturday's Kentucky Derby Day. But Cincy Dollase, wife of trainer Wally Dollase, said Day was taking off his mounts so he would be ready for the weekend. Day is scheduled to ride Dollase-trained Ten Most Wanted in the Derby and My Boston Gal in the Oaks. Cincy Dollase said Day assured the Ten Most Wanted camp he would be ready to ride this weekend.
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