07/24/2013 4:31PM

Del Mar: Valenzuela getting ready to make another comeback

Barbara D. Livingston
Patrick Valenzuela worked horses Wednesday for the first time since November.

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Jockey Patrick Valenzuela is preparing for another comeback.

Wednesday at Del Mar, Valenzuela resumed working horses for the first time since November, having recently received doctor’s clearance following knee surgery earlier this year. Valenzuela said he hopes to return to riding as early as Aug. 3.

Valenzuela said he underwent treatment with Dr. James Tibone, who frequently works with jockeys in Southern California.

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“The doctor said, ‘Go out and work horses,’ ” Valenzuela said. “I said, ‘If can work horses, can I ride them?’ He said, ‘Yes.’ ”

Valenzuela, 51, has not ridden since November.

In November 2011, Valenzuela announced his retirement, but returned to racing in May 2012. In 2012, he won 9 races from 129 mounts, including Grade 1 races aboard Acclamation in the Charles Whittingham Handicap at Hollywood Park and the Eddie Read Stakes at Del Mar.

Valenzuela said Wednesday that he will represent himself “for a while.”

“I want to get back to doing the best I can,” he said.

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capt. amigo More than 1 year ago
Go gett'm Patty !!!!!! we did dinner once @ Gabriella's, next to each other... about 13 yrs ago... you had 1 of your pretty dtrs. w/ya... you ask't if we owned horses?? ( i said, "ya, like you'r Pal V - ) .. it was a good laff...stay healthy & good luck !!!!!!!!!!
Richard More than 1 year ago
these guys have more come backs than a drunk on the wagon!!! hummmm whats next. a movie on comebacks....good luck gone before the dm meet....
dean gallo More than 1 year ago
That means he is broke again................
Walter More than 1 year ago
PVal is coming back from an injury! We should support him. He is a hard rider and always put out his best effort. I hope he takes Gomez place in the jocks room. See ya Go Go! Welcome PVal!
Nicholas Petralia More than 1 year ago
Good for you P-Val! Let's hear it for the old guys!
yahoo user More than 1 year ago
How many chances is he going to get?
Harry More than 1 year ago
Great Rider I truly wish him the best!!!!!!!!!!! Look out Stevens if he gets the same mounts as you do You'll be running a lot of seconds!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Nancy Elder More than 1 year ago
Tim More than 1 year ago
Another bitter losing horse player, go work on your handicapping instead of negatively bashing people, they should make A Separate forum for you people
Mike Knox More than 1 year ago
Sunday Silence!!!!
John More than 1 year ago
P Val is one of the best, like someone said below, horses do seem to run for him ! BUT, this is getting way past old news. This coming and going, going and coming is not going to land him on anything special. No trainer wants to hear bad news the morning of a million dollar race !