08/30/2014 5:42PM

Velazquez wins Venezia Award


After an online vote by racing fans, Hall of Fame jockey John Velazquez was presented the Mike Venezia Memorial Award on Saturday in the Saraoga winner’s circle. The award, created in 1989, is given to jockeys who exemplify extraordinary sportsmanship and citizenship. It is named in honor of Venezia, who died as the result of injuries he suffered in a spill in 1988 at Belmont Park.