05/11/2016 2:36PM

Valdivia gets off to a great start

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ARLINGTON HEIGHTS, Ill. – From Jan. 1 through May 1 last year, jockey Jose Valdivia Jr. rode 92 races and won three of them. Four months, three winners – that is not a great place to be for a 40-year-old journeyman rider, especially considering that Valdivia’s cold spell in south Florida continued into April even after the big-name riders had left Gulfstream Park for summer quarters.