05/13/2012 7:13PM

Hollywood Park: Valenzuela picks up first win since launching comeback


INGLEWOOD, Calif.- Jockey Patrick Valenzuela had his first win since ending a four-month retirement last month in Sunday’s seventh race at Betfair Hollywood Park.

Valenzuela, 49, rode favored Langfurs Lightning to a three-quarter length win over King’s Red Journey in a maiden claimer over 7 1/2 furlongs. Langfurs Lightning ($5.40) was Valenzuela’s 25th mount since returning to riding on April 26, at the start of the current spring-summer meeting.

“I feel like I’ve got a monkey off my back,” Valenzuela said after he left the winner’s circle.

Valenzuela has won 4,334 races in his career. He announced his retirement last December, citing a gall bladder surgery in November and battle with sore knees. In early April, he reversed the decision, saying he wanted to return to riding.

Langfurs Lightning was his third, and final mount, on Hollywood’s nine-race program on Sunday. Valenzuela had Langfurs Lightning on the lead on the rail throughout, and put away a threat from King’s Red Journey in the final sixteenth.

After he crossed the wire, Valenzuela celebrated the win with two right-handed fist pumps.

In his comeback, Valenzuela has struggled to attract business. Racing resumes at Hollywood Park on Thursday. Valenzuela has three mounts on the eight-race program. He does not have any mounts on Friday evening’s eight-race card.


Andrew Ramirez More than 1 year ago
I just want to say that Pat Valenzuela is one of the best Gate jockeys that ever put on the silks and anyone that knows horse racing would agree. I had Pat V. down to win the second and six race on Sundays card at Betfair Hollywood park. Pat just give it your best shot as long as you still feel you can race and enjoy it God Bless you Pat and best of luck to you always!!!!
Andrew Ramirez More than 1 year ago
It just so happens that Pat Valenzuela is one of the best gate Jockeys that ever raced ya he is older now but, he still knows how ro ride those of us that have been around the block a few times know about Pat V. all I have to say is Pat give her hell and race as long as you can I had you figuerd to win the second and sixth race on Sundays card. God Bless you and good luck to you always!!!!
William Hubbell More than 1 year ago
Mr 6, Let's see....first you said "Pat V should just retire"......then you said "UR sucks"......DO YOU EVER SEE THE GLASS AS HALF FULL?
Ian Fick More than 1 year ago
Not sure who you are refering to. I'll give you a clue though: UR DOES suck! Pat V should have retired years ago. He ran his course. When the glass is empty, it can NOT be full......lOL
Mr 6 More than 1 year ago
Pat V should just retire
gio parker More than 1 year ago
why is this a story
David Robinson More than 1 year ago
why wouldnt it be? reguardless of whether you like him, dislike him, or just plain think he deserves no more chances (as i do), it is still a story itrs a hell of a lot more interesting then listening to every sucker that bet union rags whine about the trip he got!
Mr 6 More than 1 year ago
union rags sucks
Andrew Ramirez More than 1 year ago
Mr 6 Union rags is not a bad horse the jockey that has been aboard him is not very good in my opinion his decision making is much to be desired I have lost on his mounts not because of the horse but the dumb decisions he has made in critical parts of the race he seems to always be in trouble with his mounts check him out you will see for yourself what I am taliking about. Don't put anymore money on union rags till they change the jockey!!!!
Lenny Mamola More than 1 year ago
Pat, congrat's remember keep the Valenzuela family name proud dude