04/15/2004 11:00PM

Valenzuela wins stay


Jockey Patrick Valenzuela can resume riding on April 25 after receiving a stay from the California Horse Racing Board on Friday that allows him to ride while he appeals the termination of his conditional license by Santa Anita stewards on April 2.

Valenzuela, who has not ridden since Jan. 19, had the license voided for failing to submit to a mandatory drug test on Jan. 22.

John Harris, chairman of the racing board, met with Valenzuela on Tuesday and cited the jockey's recent treatment for depression as the main factor in granting the stay.

Valenzuela will be allowed on racetrack grounds effective Monday. He had been banned since his conditional license was terminated.

Valenzuela, 41, will be subject to the same terms present in his conditional license, including reporting to the racing board daily and a minimum of eight drug tests per month. In addition, the board will mandate psychological counseling for depression.