05/20/2012 5:00PM

Hollywood Park: Valenzuela puts comeback on hold until he can lose weight

Benoit & Associates
Patrick Valenzuela says he currently weighs 126 pounds and must start eating better to reduce enough to be able to ride horses without carrying excess weight.

INGLEWOOD, Calif.- An ongoing battle with weight will keep Patrick Valenzuela from riding in the near future, the jockey said on Sunday.

Valenzuela took off his lone mount on Sunday and said later in the day that he is struggling to control his weight.

“I can’t get my weight off,” Valenzuela said in a phone interview. “I’m 126 [pounds]. It is tough and it’s tougher than I thought.

“I ran this morning and I got to 126. I was 129. Until I’m get my weight down I’m not going to name on horses. It’s not fair to horsemen.”

Valenzuela is not named to ride on eight-race programs at Hollywood Park on Thursday or Friday.

Valenzuela ended a five-month retirement last month at the start of the current spring-summer meeting. Last December, Valenzuela announced his retirement, citing a gall bladder surgery in November and lingering soreness in his knees.

Valenzuela, who won the 1989 Kentucky Derby on Sunday Silence, has won 4,334 races in a career that has been plagued by interruptions for substance abuse problems in the past.

His comeback has not produced expected results. Through Saturday, he had 1 win in 26 starts at Hollywood Park. Valenzuela did not ride on Thursday, citing food poisoning. He did not have any mounts on Friday evening.

Saturday, he had one mount, finishing second on Playful Council in a maiden race for 2-year-olds. He was listed at 122 pounds for that mount.

Valenzuela’s lone win at the meeting occurred on May 13. After that win, he said a slow start at the meeting was not a surprise and that he expected results to turn in his favor after a few more weeks of racing.

At the time, Valenzuela said he was struggling to get his riding weight below 122 pounds. Sunday, he said the issue remains a concern, but blamed himself.

“I want to try to eat right,” he said. “I’ve not been eating right and it’s horrible.”








Jack More than 1 year ago
Pat needs to GROW-UP real fast, How dare him HIDE behind God, and then ABUSE his Body, Go ahead Stewards and ALLOW This BOY tyrapped inside a Mans Body ride Drunk or on DRUGS, If I was a Jock I'd file a petition againsst riding with him in a race,so when he KILLS another Jock you can sue the HELL out of the Racetrack that ALLOWS his KIND of antics to go on.Pat couldn't ride with the Greats of this game. Codero would sent him FlyIng over the rails, Manny Yacaza would have BUTCHERD HIM, Pincay would have "Out Muscled" him in Every Photo. Pat should DROP to his Knees and ask God to give Him strength to BECOME a Man, something that he's NEVER been.......
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Get over yourself jack. PVal was never accused by any of his fellow jocks of being drunk or stoned - ever. Its the off track drug testing for what he did weeks before the test that got him into trouble. His private life should be a non issue. You wouldn't want us to talk about yours.
Peter Sipari More than 1 year ago
Valenzuela has been given enough time in the soap operas of alcoholic and druggie jockeys. He along with current problem, Kent Desormeaux need to be set down permanently before someone they cause injury or death to others.
Carson Horton More than 1 year ago
The saga continues.....
DrSmoke120 More than 1 year ago
Food poisoning, really? Sad to read. He must need the cash. When this giy was right he has among the best there ever was.
ron breton More than 1 year ago
Pat stop trying to be 28 years old ,,,join iggi puglis in the back stretch....bet a few horses ,,you will make more than riding ...maybe start up a handi caping site...but enjow life
Irish More than 1 year ago
My thoughts after the Derby when I tore up my Union Rags tickets---- "Boy,I wish PVal had been on him when he was PVal". I just hope and pray this ends well!
robdybas More than 1 year ago
Patrick is one of the greatest of all-time. if he didnt screw up all those times, he probably would have ridden Cigar and Jerry Bailey's career wouldn't have been so illustrious. He is an addict and he will never be clean. there's always an excuse: food poisoning, gall bladder surgery, crisis with the girlfriend, etc....... like another poster, coke and speed are probably the only things that will keep him at riding weight. let's hope he doesnt end up like chris antley.
AZ Wildcat More than 1 year ago
Making a statement that he will "never be clean" is just ludicrous.
robdybas More than 1 year ago
he lost the mount on sunday silence in the breeders' cup classic, he most likely would have ridden cigar and all of the other paulsen horses. he comes up with excuse after excuse. i am very sympathetic to people with drug addictions. but when you cant stop using when tens of millions, maybe a hundred million dollars is on the line....you do the meth, i mean math. i would like to party with him though.
Arnie More than 1 year ago
If he can get his weight down he'll win races. He's got a gift and even though he's older it doesn't mean he's through. Pat Day, Shoemaker just to name a couple, rode well into their 50's and still had it.
Morris More than 1 year ago
sorry pval but i sence a lot of prejudice against you. but god speed in your battle. it looks like you are in it all alone.
Irish More than 1 year ago
Bless you and you kind thoughts! Curses on you who dare kick such a man when he is down. HOW MANY TIMES DID YOU SING HIS PRAISES WHEN YOU WENT TO THE WINDOWS TO COLLECT WHEN HE WON RACES FOR YOU THAT NO ONE ELSE COULD !
Morris More than 1 year ago
hey pval,you are at that point were most of us who try to ride races get to @ some stage of the game. the ones who ride afew races a year for o couple of years or never ride @ all, dont or cant understand. but my heart is with you. i wish there was a support group for jockeys with weight problems it is a noble profession, & when you have done it for a few years ,with sucess, it s one of the hardest to quit. put your head down & your ass up, big brother, & follow your heart. whether you know it or not . rest assured that you have kindred sprits out here , who are rooting for you. you have been one of my favorites for many years. stay strong & god speed . i wish i could do more , for you & those others who are like us . "an ole railbird'.