Pat Valenzuela

Derby-Winning Jockey Valenzuela Pleads Guilty To Misdemeanor Domestic Violence

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 […]

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Pat Valenzuela A Winner Again In New Mexico

Jockey Patrick Valenzuela, 53, did not waste any time winning his first race upon his return to races. Valenzuela was riding in his first race since he sustained a hand injury last February in Louisiana. The winner of 4,365 thoroughbred races, Valenzuela picked up the mount on the quarter horse Linda Tee Fire in the […]

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California: Valenzuela Hoping To Have License Reinstated

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 […]

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Former Agent: Valenzuela’s ‘Issues’ Are With His Knees

Talented but troubled jockey Patrick Valenzuela, who has been riding in Louisiana since November, likely won’t be back in the saddle at the Fair Grounds during the current meet. His former agent said the rider’s issues are physical. Daily Racing Form first reported that Valenzuela, 53, took off his mounts at the New Orleans track last Saturday and […]

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Valenzuela: Fair Grounds Community ‘Always Embraced Me’

“I can’t even explain the feeling of winning,” exalted a focused, yet jubilant, Patrick Valenzuela. “It’s hard to explain to someone who doesn’t ride races, but a win for $5,000 or $5 million – it doesn’t matter – the feeling when you pass that wire first is like euphoria!” Displaying a balance of youthful enthusiasm […]

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Finley: ‘Valenzuela Has Every Right To Be Out There Riding’

Jockey Pat Valenzuela has had his fair share of issues off the track, with substance abuse problems and numerous suspensions. The 53-year-old rode his first race back after 22 months in Delta Downs’ $1 million Jackpot on Nov. 21, finishing eighth aboard Anthony Margotta Jr. trainee Memories of Winter. He has now ridden seven races total, […]

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Exaggerator Proves Best In $1 Million Delta Downs Jackpot

Hall of Fame jockey Kent Desormeaux made a successful return to his native Louisiana, guiding 4-5 favorite Exaggerator to a front-running victory in Saturday’s $1-million Delta Downs Jackpot. Sunny Ridge finished second, a neck behind the winner, in the Grade 3 race, with Harlan Punch third and Found Money fourth in the field of 10 2-year-old colts […]

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Valenzuela Remains Focused On His ‘Eye Of The Tiger’ Comeback

Patrick Valenzuela, granted a license to exercise horses by the California Horse Racing Board in early August while his jockey’s license remains suspended, is making progress for a return to riding, subject to board approval which, if successful, could be in evidence for the Bing Crosby Meeting here when it commences on Thursday, October 29. […]

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Valenzuela Granted Exercise Rider License By CHRB

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 […]

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Santa Anita: Valenzuela Denied Exercise License

Santa Anita stewards denied jockey Pat Valenzuela’s request for a license allowing him to work as an exercise rider on Friday. Following a March 9 hearing, stewards suspended his jockey’s license fined Valenzuela $1,000 for failing to ride Jan. 24-25. The Daily Racing Form reports that the stewards ruled that he will not be eligible […]

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