Delahoussaye Says Neck is Hurting

(From track report)
Eddie Delahoussaye visited Clockers' Corner at Santa Anita Thursday morning, walking sprightly as he recovers from an Aug. 30 riding fall at Del Mar that has put him on the sidelines and placed his riding career in jeopardy.

"I've had a lot of spills," the 51-year-old Hall of Fame jockey said, "but I never hit the ground that hard before in my life.

"It's taking time, but I'm starting to heal. I've got a lot of problems with my neck. I'm going to start therapy, hopefully this week."

He said therapy was delayed.

"I was supposed to start last week but I came up with a bad tooth. A month after the spill, it showed I had a fractured tooth underneath my bridge, and the doctor said it had to be from the spill, because the impact was so hard.

"I'm doing OK. It's just going to take some time, and the doctor figured about three months, if everything goes right. If things don't come back into place, then I'll decide whether I'm going to continue riding or not. But I'm not going to push the issue."