April 12, 2012
Four months after announcing his retirement from racing, jockey Patrick Valenzuela will return for the start of the Hollywood Park meeting on 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.
July 18, 2001 |
For years, the cacophony at entry-taking time in the Del Mar racing office would be arrested by racing secretary Tom Knust's cry: "OK, all you jocks agents out of here." Now, on Del Mar's 62nd opening day, Knust finds himself on the other side of the counter in the same office. "It's going to feel strange," Knust said. "When I hear Tom Robbins shouting the same thing, I'll be included."
May 4, 2013 |
LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Contrary to popular perception, this will not be the first Kentucky Derby ride for jockey Kevin Krigger. Maybe his fifth or sixth. Of course, when he got his first saddle as a teenager in the Virgin Islands, he didn't have the likes of racehorse Goldencents under that saddle, as he will Saturday, in the 139th Derby. "I think I got my first saddle when I was 13," Krigger says. "So, when it was time for the Kentucky Derby, I'd put it up on the couch at home, in front of the TV set, and I'd ride the race.
September 7, 2006 |
Jockey Patrick Valenzuela, recently released from a Pasadena facility that treats patients with mental health and substance abuse problems, met with Del Mar stewards Wednesday and agreed to submit to a hair follicle test as he seeks to return to his mounts in the Oak Tree meet at Santa Anita later this month. "He's ready to go ride," said Tom Knust, Valenzuela's agent. "The big key is the hair follicle. They want to make sure he hasn't been using drugs."
May 31, 2001 |
Given his dominance of the jockey standings at Churchill Downs, Pat Day is nearly certain to make history today in Louisville, Ky. The runaway leader at the track's spring-summer meet with 45 victories and winning at a 34% clip, Day is one win away from becoming the third rider to win 8,000 races. Trying to join Laffit Pincay Jr. and Bill Shoemaker in the exclusive club, Day has seven mounts on Churchill Downs' 10-race card and none is higher than 9-2 on the morning line.
March 19, 2007 |
Ending a lengthy losing streak, 10-1 shot Jack's Wild rallied strongly in the final quarter of a mile to win the $100,000 Crystal Water Handicap on Sunday at Santa Anita. A loser of 15 in a row since winning at Fairplex Park in September 2005, the 5-year-old Lil Tyler gelding was up to beat 11-1 outsider Scottsbluff and seven others in the ungraded race restricted to California breds.