Hall of Fame jockey Jerry Bailey, Saratoga Race Course's all-time leading rider, took off his mounts Monday afternoon after he was hit in the face by his mount, Performing Diva, in the post parade of the fourth race at Saratoga.
"The filly threw her head back and caught me," Bailey said. "I don't know if my nose is broken or not, but it is pretty sore and swollen. I took several stitches (on the bridge of the nose and cheek); fortunately, Dr. (Richard) Alfred was in the paddock and he was right there to tend to me.
"I'll go down to Albany tomorrow for X-rays and see what happens."
Bailey came off his mount after the blow, and the filly, a first-time, 2-year-old starter by Storm Cat
--Bunting, by Private Account, ran loose until an outrider collared her. The filly is trained by Hall of Famer Bill Mott.
Alfred is an Albany-based orthopedic surgeon who has previously treated other members of the Saratoga jockey colony, including Mike Luzzi, who was injured on opening day in 2004. Alfred has also treated members of the National Football League's New York Giants.