07/16/2012 1:39PM

Saratoga: John Velazquez back working horses

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Barbara D. Livingston
John Velazquez breezes Archwarrior at Saratoga on Monday morning. Velazquez, who is recovering from a broken collarbone, said he felt no pain.

Jockey John Velazquez returned to the saddle Monday morning for the first time since fracturing his collarbone in a spill at Churchill Downs on June 16.

Over the Oklahoma training track at Saratoga, Velazquez breezed the 2-year-old Archwarrior four furlongs in 48.92 seconds in company with another 2-year-old. Both horses are trained by Todd Pletcher.

Velazquez said Monday afternoon he felt no pain, but was “a little tired.”

“You’re supposed to be. . . . I’ll probably be sore tomorrow,” he said.

While there is no definitive timetable for his return to race-riding, Velazquez said he hoped to be back to ride the weekend of July 28-29. In a perfect world, Velazquez would be riding Belmont Stakes winner Union Rags in the $1 million Haskell on July 29, but Union Rags is sidelined for the remainder of the year with a suspensory injury.

“It really depends how I feel the next few days,” Velazquez said about his return.

Velazquez, 40, said he hoped to get on at least one horse a day for two or three more mornings and then pick it up “little by little” from there.

Velazquez enters the Saratoga meet – which opens Friday – as the meet’s two-time defending leading rider. He also has 655 career victories at the Spa, trailing only Jerry Bailey, with 693, as the track’s all-time winningest rider.

JoyJackson21 More than 1 year ago
It's good to have you back in the saddle again, Johnny. Good luck at Saratoga this meet!
stewie More than 1 year ago
watch Rosario at tjhis meet. He is riding horses for dutrow,pletcher,rudy,wes ward, shug..Thats on openeing day...he has received allot of promised business and I believe will win the riding title.
Sue Galster More than 1 year ago
Finally, some happy news. Welcome back, Johnny V! It wouldn't be the Spa without you. So glad to hear you are pain free. I am naturally incredibly bummed by the loss of Union Rags and had so hoped to be at the Haskell to see you two in the Winners Circle. Thanks for another awesome Belmont. Your win on RTR was miraculous and I couldn't have wished for a better jock for my Derby horse (since the Champagne) UR. Congrats on your so well deserved Hall of Fame induction. God bless you and your family and enjoy a safe and successful summer at the.....Spaaaaaaaaaaaa.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Good to see ya back John, hope you ride soon at "the Spa". This way I can have my usual pick 3 Johnny/all/Johnny.
MaryAnn Donahue More than 1 year ago
Happy to hear that you are back in the saddle JV. Continue to heal well and take good care of yourself. Wishing you lots of winning rides this summer and fall. Best of luck.
John Boudreau More than 1 year ago
Welcome back JV and Angel C.>>> You Guys are Arguably The Greatest Jock/Jock AGENT Team EVER>>> Good LUCK>>>
Joe More than 1 year ago
Johnny welcome back. It's great to hear everything is going well.
PARMENTER BRIAN More than 1 year ago
Welcome back JV......best wishes and hope to see you back in the saddle soon!
Dwayne Watts More than 1 year ago
Welcome back Johnny R! Great to hear all is going well!! Best wishes!!! :)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Have a great Spa, Johnny! Lite um up Rob