November 15, 1990 |
Jockey Patrick Valenzuela today was dealt an indefinite suspension by the Board of Stewards at Hollywood Park pending "complete medical and psychological evaluations to determine his fitness for license." Valenzuela, 28, who late last year served a 60-day suspension after testing positive for cocaine, has not ridden since Nov. 3, when he phoned in sick at Santa Anita. On Wednesday, attorneys for Valenzuela said the absence was not drug-related.
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.
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."
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.
October 14, 1994 |
Pat Valenzuela's checkered career took another abrupt turn Thursday when the stewards at Santa Anita suspended him indefinitely for failure to meet with them after several riding absences. Valenzuela, one of the country's top jockeys, did not ride at Santa Anita last Friday, Sunday and Monday and also canceled mounts last Saturday at Belmont Park in Elmont, N.Y., after telling stewards he was suffering from food poisoning.