October 28, 2004 |
Former Dodger pitcher-turned-radio broadcaster Fernando Valenzuela has begun his personal "spring training" in Mexicali, Mexico, for the Mexican winter league. All that's left is the date of his first start for the Aguilas in his pseudo-comeback. "I've been down here about a week with the team," Valenzuela said Wednesday. "But they're on the road now, so I have to sit with the manager and the coach and figure out the rotation when they get back. Probably next week."
December 9, 2011 |
Jockey Patrick Valenzuela, who won the 1989 Kentucky Derby aboard Sunday Silence and won more than 4,000 races in 33 years, announced his retirement Friday. His agent, Tom Knust, said Valenzuela, who recently had his gall bladder removed, was concerned about health and weight issues. "He thought now was a good time to retire," Knust said. Valenzuela, 49, won 4,333 races and 15 riding titles in a career that began in 1978. He rode seven winners in the Breeders' Cup. He also has endured substance-abuse problems that caused the California Horse Racing Board to suspend his license several times.
November 14, 1996 |
Jockey Pat Valenzuela, who hasn't ridden since Oct. 24, will be arraigned on two misdemeanor charges this morning at Santa Anita Municipal Court in Monrovia. Valenzuela, 34, has been charged with vandalism and damages and for allegedly being under the influence of a controlled substance, according to Bill Walton, a court liaison officer with the Arcadia Police Department. Walton said the vandalism was done to a vehicle and occurred late in the evening on Oct. 31.
June 30, 2004 |
Dodger broadcaster Fernando Valenzuela said Tuesday he is considering an offer to play for a team in the Mexican winter league, but the retired pitcher who once inspired Fernandomania downplayed published reports he had already reached an agreement to return to the mound. "I'm still working over here. It's nothing like, 'Yes, I am going over there for sure,' " Valenzuela said before the opener of a three-game series against the San Francisco Giants at Dodger Stadium. "I don't sign anything."
July 3, 2004 |
Jockey Patrick Valenzuela's latest comeback lasted all of one day. About two hours before first post Friday night at Hollywood Park, Valenzuela was suspended by stewards Pete Pedersen, George Slender and Tom Ward for failing to comply fully with the terms of his conditional license with the California Horse Racing Board.
March 29, 1991 |
Angel General Manager Mike Port said he would ask the team's Florida scouts for their evaluation of Dodger left-hander Fernando Valenzuela. But he expressed doubts that the Angels would claim Valenzuela on waivers. "My first reaction is I don't see how he'd fit into our pitching situation," Port said. "As a matter of procedure we'll check anybody. We don't want to close out any possibility.
November 16, 1990 |
Hollywood Park stewards Pete Pedersen, Thomas Ward and David Samuel suspended Patrick Valenzuela indefinitely Thursday and turned the jockey's case over to the California Horse Racing Board. Valenzuela, who has a history of drug problems, called in sick at Santa Anita Nov. 3 and has not been allowed to ride since. To be reinstated, Valenzuela, 28, will have to have medical and psychological evaluations to determine his fitness for a license.
July 15, 2004 |
The formal hearing for suspended jockey Patrick Valenzuela, which was scheduled for this morning at Hollywood Park, has been continued to an unspecified date. The only thing certain is that it won't be held until Del Mar begins. The seaside track will kick off its 43-day meet on Wednesday.
January 13, 2005 |
The California Horse Racing Board issued a conditional license Wednesday to Pat Valenzuela, the oft-suspended jockey who is eligible to ride today at Santa Anita. The new license, which expires at the end of the year, was issued after Valenzuela's suspension, handed out by Del Mar stewards in August, was overturned on appeal by an administrative law judge. The racing board accepted the judge's opinion after a hearing at Santa Anita on Friday.