California: Valenzuela Hoping To Have License Reinstated

by | 06.30.2016 | 8:43am
Pat Valenzuela

Jockey Patrick Valenzuela, who has not ridden since February, is hoping to be able to return to the saddle in California in July – if he is granted a license by the California Horse Racing Board.

The Daily Racing Form reports that the embattled rider, does not have a jockey's license in California, and has not ridden there since 2014.

Valenzuela rode in Louisiana last winter because he had a valid license in the state. According to the Form, Valenzuela rode 19 winners in Louisiana and Texas from November through February. He stopped riding in February because of a hand injury.

Valenzuela applied for a California license in March, but the request was denied by the CHRB. Valenzuela appealed the decision, and a hearing was held April 27.

A decision on that appeal was submitted to the CHRB by hearing officer Patrick Kane on June 20. The full board is expected to review the decision on July 14, with an announcement coming the following week.

Read more in the Daily Racing Form

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