Eddie D. Undergoes Total Hip Replacement Surgery

Eddie D. Undergoes Total Hip Replacement Surgery
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Eddie Delahoussaye
Retired Hall of Fame jockey Eddie Delahoussaye was recovering Oct. 17 after undergoing 90 minutes of surgery for hip replacement the preceding day at Cedars-Sinai Institute in Los Angeles.

“Overall, it seemed like everything went well,” Delahoussaye said. “They replaced my right hip socket. It was a total hip replacement."

Dr. Andrew Spitzer performed the operation.

“The injury started when I got kicked by a horse of Randy Winick’s in the paddock at Del Mar in 1983 and was out four months. I was black and blue from my toes to my chest and missed a lot of wins, including stakes on Prince Spellbound in the Eddie Read Handicap and Sunny’s Halo in the Super Derby.

“My doctors tell me that accident probably caused me to have reduced blood flow to the hip and along with the everyday wear and tear of riding, I had to get this done. I talked to (former jockey Ray) Sibille, and he had the same thing done a few years ago.”

Delahoussaye expects to be on crutches for about a month. He hopes to be released from the hospital in one more day.

Asked if a comeback was in the works, the 56-year-old Delahoussaye replied, “Yeah, I’m coming back ... home, to Arcadia.”

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