Under the terms of a stipulated settlement agreement between Patrick Valenzuela and the California Horse Racing Board, Valenzuela is being granted a license to exercise horses. As a result, the matter will not go to hearing before the Board as described in an earlier enforcement update.
Valenzuela's jockey license remains suspended for its term through October 31, 2015. If he chooses to apply for a jockey license after that time, his application will be subject to review according to standard CHRB procedures. The stipulated agreement will have no bearing on his fitness for licensure as a jockey.
Valenzuela has had numerous license suspensions during an up and down career that began in 1978 and was ruled “permanently” ineligible to be licensed by the CHRB in 2008, though two years later he was back in the saddle.
His latest suspension stemmed from failure to fulfill his jockey obligations when he no-showed at Santa Anita Park in January 2014. He gave no explanation to stewards at the time but sent a text message to Tom Knust, who was then his agent, reading: “I'm sorry, Tom. I'm not riding any longer, I'm sorry.”
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