Pat Valenzuela

Valenzuela Meets With Santa Anita Stewards

Jockey Pat Valenzuela met with Santa Anita stewards on Friday to discuss the reinstatement of his license, according to the Daily Racing Form. Valenzuela was suspended indefinitely on Feb. 7 for failing to appear at a hearing with stewards after he did not show up to ride on Jan. 24. The 51-year-old journeyman sent his […]

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Valenzuela Handed Indefinite Suspension For No-Show

On Friday, jockey Pat Valenzuela was suspended  indefinitely by the California Horse Racing Board for failing to appear at a hearing before Santa Anita stewards alleging that he had failed to fulfill riding agreements. According to the Blood-Horse, the 51-year-old journeyman took off his two mounts on Jan. 24 and sent a message his agent the […]

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P. Val to undergo knee surgery this week

Jockey Patrick Valenzuela is scheduled to undergo knee surgery later this week, according to a report in the Daily Racing Form. Valenzuela, 50, has not ridden since Nov. 16, had hoped to have the surgery last month, but told the DRF that it was delayed while he waited for approval from his insurance company. He […]

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Valenzuela to have knee surgery

Agent Tom Knust reported that Pat Valenzuela will be taking some time off to have surgery on his right knee. “He injured the knee at Del Mar,” said Knust, “but, at the time he had Acclamation ready for the Breeders’ Cup, so he put off taking care of it.” “The problem is, he can’t work […]

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Valenzuela hopeful for better days at Del Mar

Jockey Pat Valenzuela has high expectations for the upcoming Del Mar meeting. In recent weeks, Valenzuela, 49, has ridden sparingly after taking nearly three weeks off – from May 20 to June 9 – to focus on weight issues. At the current Betfair Hollywood Park meeting, he has 2 wins from 31 mounts, with one […]

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Valenzuela postpones comeback until he can control weight

An ongoing battle with weight will be keeping Patrick Valenzuela out of the saddle for the near future, it was reported by the Daily Racing Form on May 20. The embattled rider ended a five-month retirement at the start of the current Betfair Hollywood Park meet, but has struggled to control his riding weight. Through […]

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Valenzuela: That’s all, folks

Agent Tom Knust confirmed Friday that jockey Patrick Valenzuela, 49, is retiring, ending a career that spans some 33 years. Valenzuela, 49, rode for the final time Nov. 13 at Hollywood Park, finishing fourth aboard Quality Council in the eighth race, an optional claimer at six furlongs on turf. He won with two of eight […]

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Valenzuela tests clean in Kansas, then has emergency surgery

Patrick Valenzuela underwent emergency surgery to remove his gall bladder in Kansas on Thanksgiving morning, three days after racing officials in California ordered the often-troubled jockey drug-tested because he failed to fulfill his mounts at Hollywood Park last Thursday and did not call the stewards to notify them he would not ride. Daily Racing Form […]

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VALENZUELA REINSTATED BY CHRB; SUBJECT TO RANDOM DRUG TESTING

PRESS RELEASE The California Horse Racing Board voted in closed session Thursday to allow jockey Pat Valenzuela to resume riding in California under the terms of a continual stipulated agreement that among other things will require him to submit to hair follicle testing, which will be conducted under the auspices of the CHRB and […]

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