04/17/2008 11:00PM

Valenzuela appears in court


Former jockey Patrick Valenzuela appeared in San Bernardino county superior court on Thursday, a month after an arrest warrant was issued when he failed to appear at a pre-trial hearing stemming from a charge of driving under the influence in December, according to a spokesperson for the court.

The arrest warrant was issued on March 26 after Valenzuela failed to appear. After appearing in court on Thursday, a new pre-trial hearing has been scheduled for May 6, according to a spokesperson.

Reached at this home in Arcadia, Calif., on Friday, Valenzuela said "it's all been taken care of" and declined to elaborate.

According to the court spokesperson, Valenzuela was represented on Thursday by attorney Christopher J. McCann.

Valenzuela is fighting a charge for an incident that occurred in Upland, Calif., on Dec. 20. At an arraignment in February, Valenzuela pled not guilty to the DUI charge.

The winner of seven Breeders' Cup races and the 1989 Kentucky Derby aboard Sunday Silence, Valenzuela, 45, has not ridden since Dec. 26. His conditional jockey's license was revoked by the California Horse Racing Board in late December.