December 4, 1988 |
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.
December 26, 1989 |
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.
November 6, 1992 |
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.
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.
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.
April 25, 2012 |
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.