Kentucky Derby and Preakness-winning jockey Patrick Valenzuela pleaded guilty earlier this week to a misdemeanor domestic violence charge, reports the San Diego Union-Tribune. Authorities said the charge was tied to slapping his girlfriend at a Carlsbad restaurant.
Valenzuela was sentenced to three years' probation, fined approximately $900, required to take a year's worth of “domestic violence recovery” classes and ordered to avoid “negative contact” with his girlfriend. A seven-time Breeders' Cup winner, Valenzuela told the Union-Tribune he was “very saddened by this whole situation, and I will continue to strive to be the best person I can be.”
The 56-year-old's most recent ride was on Dec. 8, 2016 at the Fair Grounds in New Orleans. Valenzuela was denied a jockey's license by the California Horse Racing Board earlier in 2016, but recently re-applied to the CHRB for licensing consideration; hearing dates have not been set, but he is licensed as an exercise rider.
Read more at the San Diego Union-Tribune.
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