11/18/2012 4:56PM

Hollywood Park: Valenzuela undergoes knee surgery

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Patrick Valenzuela will be out indefinitely following surgery to repair a knee he injured this past summer riding at Del Mar.

Jockey Patrick Valenzuela, who was off his mounts on Saturday and Sunday, will undergo knee surgery and will be sidelined indefinitely, according to his agent, Tom Knust.

Knust said that Valenzuela, 50, injured the knee at Del Mar during the summer, but had been riding through the discomfort in recent months.
“He can’t work horses right now, so he thought it would be the right time to address the issue,” Knust told the Hollywood Park publicity department.

Valenzuela announced his retirement in November, 2010, but returned to riding last spring. He has struggled to gain significant business this year, winning nine races. His biggest win came aboard Acclamation in the Grade 1 Charles Whittingham Handicap here in June.

Valenzuela had one mount on Friday, finishing sixth in a maiden claimer on Justification.