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Hollywood Park: Valenzuela undergoes knee surgery
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.
wishing you God speed in your recovery...
Amazing how knee surgery turns to talk of addiction. Hey DRF..... When you gonna delete these idiots from expressing moronic opinions? Here's an idea to all you "addiction" believers. GET A FREAKIN LIFE and leave PVAL alone.
His career is dead!! He peaked already. His ride in the 2011 pacific classic aboard acclamation is a masterpiece and he put the field to sleep and nobody didn't get by him. Not even joel Rosario (who supposably is a strong finisher and can outride 99% of the riders in So.cal) on Twirling Candy couldn't even outride someone who's passed their prime.
Hang up the saddle brother - there are other options...Get a job with TVG - Id rather listen to your insight vs Shrupp.
good luck ole boy. hate to hear of your misfortune. dont pay any attenion to those nay sayers. you have already proven that you can over come much worse than this. get well & we look forward to seeing you in the winners circle again. jockeys make horse racing rock. ( just think what it would be like if trainers had to ride their own). "an ole railbird"
Sorry to hear about PVal. Good luck to you with you're surgery. Stay strong and return stronger! You are a fine jockey, sir, and I wish you well!
ha ha u folks r funny pval is having knee surgery not a relapse but all talk is bout addiction. STOP IT!
I am continuously sorry for his addiction, I know that it robs one of a productive life. Even alcohol, which I'm drinking as I write, does immeasurable damage. What I do not agree with, is the multitude of chances he was given by the industry . It gave encouragement to those who are tempted, to think the consequences of drug use are not detrimental enough to not take the chance. If it means life banishment, far fewer would take the initial dose. Bet you can't eat just one Adam??
PVal will always be The Man!!!!!!!!! Keep your head up sir, and do what you feel is best!!!!
Addiction is a hard, dark road that is traveled alone. It takes away everything and touches everybody. If a person is lucky enough to survive this disease and join society again, he should be welcomed not hated. Those of us who have no idea what it's like to have a drug addicton should offer support and forgiveness. Get well Patrick Valenzuela and ride many more years.
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