Former jockey Eddie Arcaro was “coming along nicely” Sunday in in
MIAMI (AP) _ Former jockey Eddie Arcaro was ″coming along nicely″ Sunday in intensive care at a Miami hospital where he underwent open-heart surgery, his doctor said.
Dr. Malcolm Dorman said the 70-year-old Arcaro, who rode five Kentucky Derby winners, would remain in intensive care a few days and could expect a 10-day to two-week stay at Miami Heart Institute.
″It’s hard to say because of the extensive surgery he had, but so far things are really going very well,″ Dorman said. ″He’s coming along nicely. We’re pleased.″
Dorman headed a team that operated about six hours Friday to clean a clogged right carotid artery and bypass a nearly closed left main coronary artery.
The surgeon described Arcaro as a ″spirited lad″ with ″excellent, outstanding″ health in general.
Arcaro retired in 1962 after a 31-year career in which he won 4,779 races with earnings of $30,039,543. His five victories in the Kentucky Derby had set a record, later equalled by Bill Hartack. Arcaro holds the record of six victories each at the Preakness and Belmont Stakes remains intact.
The Kentucky-born jockey, nicknamed ″The Master,″ resides in Miami and occasionally does public releations work for Golden Nugget casinos in Las Vegas, Nev., and Atlantic City, N.J.