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May 4, 1991
The California Horse Racing Board announced Friday that it has relicensed Patrick Valenzuela, who is expected to resume his riding career on May 12 at Hollywood Park. Dennis Hutcheson, Executive Secretary of the CHRB, said that Valenzuela has been participating in a very strict drug testing and rehabilitation program. It requires Valenzuela be tested every other day, participate in rehabilitation meetings five days a week and meet with his sponsor two days a week.
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April 25, 2012 | By Bill Dwyre
Hollywood Park will begin its annual lengthy spring/summer meeting with a new name and a top attraction. Thursday will mark opening day at Betfair Hollywood Park. It begins a program of Thursday-Sunday racing that will contest $6.8 million in stakes money and will carry on right through racing's Triple Crown season to a July 15 ending. Thursday's opening-day feature will be the $70,000 Harry Henson Stakes. But Friday's first evening card will attract the weekend's most attention, with the appearance of Acclamation, an Eclipse Award winner last year and winner of Del Mar's Pacific Classic.
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June 10, 1989
If an award for comeback athlete of the year existed, my vote would go to jockey Patrick Valenzuela. It was only last year that he went to the edge with a cocaine addiction that forced him out of Santa Anita to the circuits of New Mexico. But, when given another chance, he redeemed himself at the Oak Tree meeting, winning the jockey title. If he wins the Belmont today aboard Sunday Silence, that will give him the Triple Crown. Not many jockeys ever win the Triple Crown, including Bill Shoemaker.
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April 12, 2012 | By Eric Sondheimer
Four months after announcing his retirement from racing, jockey Patrick Valenzuela will return for the start of the Hollywood Park meeting April 26, according to his agent, Tom Knust. "He was having a lot of personal problems before," Knust said. "His mind is good now. He feels he misses racing and feels he has three, four good years left. " Valenzuela, 49, has 4,233 career victories and rode Sunday Silence to victory in the 1989 Kentucky Derby. Knust said he expects Valenzuela to start exercising horses beginning next week.
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December 4, 1988 | From Associated Press
Patrick Valenzuela suffered a broken right hand Friday in a Hollywood Park jockeys' room fight with fellow rider Gary Stevens. Pete Pedersen, of the Board Stewards, said both were fined $200 after hearings Saturday morning. The two exchanged blows after the sixth race, in which Stevens finished second aboard Blue Eyed Danny and Valenzuela was third on Begger Boy. The latter raced erratically down the stretch.
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December 26, 1989 | JAY HOVDEY, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Patrick Valenzuela sat with his mother and a few friends in his Arcadia home, watching the worst-case scenario unfold Nov. 4. Eight days earlier, the 27-year-old jockey had been slapped with a 60-day suspension after testing positive for cocaine. The most dramatic consequence suffered by Valenzuela was losing the mount on Sunday Silence, the horse he rode to victory in the Kentucky Derby and Preakness. The colt was being readied for the $3-million Breeders' Cup Classic at Gulfstream Park.
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November 6, 1992 | Associated Press
Lissitki, a 10-1 longshot, took the lead with less than a sixteenth of a mile remaining Thursday in winning the $32,000 feature race at Santa Anita's Oak Tree meeting by a half-length over Philadelphia Dave. Lissitki, ridden by Patrick Valenzuela and carrying 116 pounds, covered one mile on the turf course in 1:35 1/5 and paid $22.40, $8.20 and $5. The victory, one of four on the day for Valenzuela, was worth $17,600 to Cohen & Red Baron's Barn, owners of the winner.
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May 28, 1989
Crimson Slew never trailed and won the $81,050 Seabiscuit Stakes Saturday at Hollywood Park. Patrick Valenzuela took the son of Seattle Slew right to the front and he fought off the challenges of Good Taste and Captain Vigors to score a 1 3/4-length victory in the one-mile race on the grass. Individualist came from last place under jockey Russell Baze to finish second, and Captain Vigors was third in the field of five. Crimson Slew clocked 1:34 1/5 and paid $6.00, $3.60 and $2.80.
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August 14, 2004
Regarding the suspension and possible end of jockey Patrick Valenzuela's riding career: Valenzuela is one of the world's greatest riders and now his career is in jeopardy because of the Del Mar stewards' campaign to ban him from racing for life, all because he has used illegal drugs. In my opinion, this should be a matter for the police rather than the track stewards. The only time a steward should become involved in a jockey's drug habits is when it affects his riding. Considering he won more races than any other jockey at the Southern California race tracks in 2003 and his behavior when riding is impeccable, I can't see why it's anyone's business what he does off the track.
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April 25, 2012 | By Bill Dwyre
Hollywood Park will begin its annual lengthy spring/summer meeting with a new name and a top attraction. Thursday will mark opening day at Betfair Hollywood Park. It begins a program of Thursday-Sunday racing that will contest $6.8 million in stakes money and will carry on right through racing's Triple Crown season to a July 15 ending. Thursday's opening-day feature will be the $70,000 Harry Henson Stakes. But Friday's first evening card will attract the weekend's most attention, with the appearance of Acclamation, an Eclipse Award winner last year and winner of Del Mar's Pacific Classic.
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July 2, 2011 | By Eric Sondheimer
There have been plenty of ups and downs in the racing career of jockey Patrick Valenzuela, but at 48, he's looking revitalized and reenergized. On Saturday, he earned his 100th career stakes victory at Hollywood Park by guiding Courageous Cat to victory by a neck over Caracortado in the $300,000 Grade I Shoemaker Mile. Valenzuela won the Santa Anita Derby when he was 17 in 1980. He won the Kentucky Derby aboard Sunday Silence in 1989. He has fought back from substance abuse problems to return to Southern California to ride full time.
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January 15, 2011 | By Grahame L. Jones
Indian Firewater and Tweebster, both trained by Bob Baffert, hit the wire at exactly the same moment in the Grade II $150,000 San Fernando Stakes at Santa Anita on Saturday afternoon. Or so it seemed. A photo was called for and the photo showed two noses separated by less than the width of a winning ticket. Indian Firewater was given the call, though winning jockey Mike Smith could not say who won. "I wasn't sure," Smith said, "but I knew it was Bob's other horse [giving chase]
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December 29, 2007 | Larry Stewart, Times Staff Writer
The turbulent career of 45-year-old jockey Patrick Valenzuela took another downward turn Friday when the California Horse Racing Board terminated his conditional riding license after learning of a recent arrest for driving under the influence of alcohol. A statement issued by outgoing CHRB Executive Director Ingrid Fermin said that "consuming or being under the influence of alcohol is a violation" of the conditional license. Valenzuela was arrested Dec. 20 at 2:48 a.m.
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September 23, 2006 | Robyn Norwood, Times Staff Writer
The jockey with the familiar "P Val" on the back of his helmet was in the saddle as horses galloped around the track during training hours Friday morning at Santa Anita. But whether Patrick Valenzuela will be in the irons on opening day of the Oak Tree meet Wednesday depends on the outcome of the latest legal wrangling involving the California Horse Racing Board and the brilliant but often troubled jockey with a history of substance abuse. "I'm here today working horses and I'm healthy.
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August 14, 2004
Regarding the suspension and possible end of jockey Patrick Valenzuela's riding career: Valenzuela is one of the world's greatest riders and now his career is in jeopardy because of the Del Mar stewards' campaign to ban him from racing for life, all because he has used illegal drugs. In my opinion, this should be a matter for the police rather than the track stewards. The only time a steward should become involved in a jockey's drug habits is when it affects his riding. Considering he won more races than any other jockey at the Southern California race tracks in 2003 and his behavior when riding is impeccable, I can't see why it's anyone's business what he does off the track.
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August 7, 2004 | Bob Mieszerski, Times Staff Writer
Del Mar stewards Ingrid Fermin, George Slender and Tom Ward suspended jockey Patrick Valenzuela for the rest of 2004 on Friday and recommended that the California Horse Racing Board not consider Valenzuela, 41, for future licensing.
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November 15, 1990 | BOB MIESZERSKI
A ruling is expected today on jockey Patrick Valenzuela. Hollywood Park stewards Pete Pedersen, Thomas Ward and David Samuel met with the jockey's attorneys Wednesday morning. The stewards were unanimous in saying they weren't satisfied with evidence presented by lawyers Sam Silverstein and Nicholas Micelli that Valenzuela was drug-free. Silverstein and Micelli had said Monday they would provide "clear and convincing proof" that Valenzuela, who called in sick on Nov.
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April 15, 1989
Is It True, who beat Kentucky Derby favorite Easy Goer last Nov. 5 in the Breeders' Cup Juvenile race, ran for the first time since then Friday, finishing fifth and last in the eighth race at Santa Anita. Is It True suffered a knee injury and had surgery after his Breeder's Cup victory. Ridden by Laffit Pincay, Is It True was outrun early, went wide down the backstretch and faded in the final quarter. Valiant Pete, with Gary Stevens aboard, led throughout to win the $37,000 race by a half-length.
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