January 19, 2006 |
For the third time in less than a year, a legendary jockey is ending his career. Jerry Bailey, 48 and a member of racing's Hall of Fame since 1995, announced his retirement Wednesday during a conference call. Bailey's decision, which he had been considering for the last couple of years, came after Pat Day and Gary Stevens had retired in 2005. The Texas-born Bailey, who began riding at Sunland Park in New Mexico in 1974, will begin work as a racing analyst for ABC and ESPN.
September 3, 2005 |
Intercontinental is a difficult mare to ride, but jockey Jerry Bailey certainly has the touch with the daughter of Danehill. Bailey has won five of the last seven times he has ridden Intercontinental and he will be at Del Mar today to ride her in the $200,000 Palomar Breeders' Cup Handicap. A Grade II at 1 1/16 miles on the turf, the Palomar attracted five others, including John C. Mabee Handicap winner Amorama.
June 25, 2005 |
In two pairings with jockey Jerry Bailey, Summerly has not come close to defeat. With the Hall of Fame rider aboard for the first time in the Fair Grounds Oaks on March 12, the 3-year-old daughter of Summer Squall won the Grade II by 4 3/4 lengths as the 1-2 favorite. After a one-race absence, Bailey was back for the Kentucky Oaks, a Grade I, on May 6 and Summerly upset Sis City, winning by two lengths at odds of 9-2.
August 23, 2004 |
One of the happiest people after Pleasantly Perfect's one-length win Sunday in the $1-million Pacific Classic was on the periphery of the winner's-circle celebration. He was just 5 feet 3, wearing a neck and back stabilizer. Alex Solis has ridden Pleasantly Perfect to some of his biggest wins -- Breeders' Cup and Dubai included -- but he's on the sidelines now, the result of a spill that fractured a vertebrae and a few ribs on July 23.
January 23, 2004 |
Starting in the mid-1990s, at luxury hotels from Rancho Mirage to Miami Beach, Jerry Bailey has been making these acceptance speeches after some- one hands him an Eclipse Award. He will do this for the seventh time -- and fourth year in a row -- on Monday at the Eclipse dinner in Hollywood, Fla. You would think that by now he would be repeating himself on the dais, but Bailey says there's no chance of that. "Each one is just as rewarding as the next," the Hall of Fame jockey said.
November 30, 2003 |
With a sweep of the three graded stakes at Aqueduct on Saturday, jockey Jerry Bailey surpassed Mike Smith's record for stakes victories in a season. Thanks to victories by Ashado in the $200,000 Demoiselle, Read the Footnotes in the $200,000 Remsen and Congaree in the $350,000 Cigar Mile, Bailey has 70 stakes scores in 2003, two more than Smith had in 1994.