September 10, 2003 |
Jockey Pat Valenzuela can join some exclusive company if he holds off Julie Krone today and locks up the Del Mar riding championship. Valenzuela, who has ridden 51 winners, four more than Krone, has also won this year's titles at Santa Anita and Hollywood Park. Since the 1930s, only four jockeys have swept titles at Southern California's three major tracks in the same year, and none since Gary Stevens in 1988.
December 17, 1999 |
Laffit Pincay rode two winners Thursday at Hollywood Park but couldn't gain any ground in his bid for the meet riding title because Pat Valenzuela also won two races. With four days remaining to a season that ends Monday, Valenzuela leads Pincay, 28-26. Winning the second race with Wine With Pride and the third with Road To Slew, Pincay increased his career total to 8,838. He broke Bill Shoemaker's record of 8,833 with a win last Friday at Hollywood.
April 25, 2004 |
The California Horse Racing Board has scheduled a hearing on May 18 to consider the appeal of jockey Pat Valenzuela, who was suspended earlier this month by the Santa Anita stewards for violating the terms of his conditional license when he failed to appear for a drug test on Jan. 22. Valenzuela was granted a stay April 17 by CHRB chairman John Harris. The jockey is named on five horses today at Hollywood Park.
March 19, 2004 |
They call him "Pollo," Spanish for chicken, not because of his mellow mien, but because of that day long ago when all he had to wear was a bright yellow T-shirt -- he looked like a giant chick -- and he was teased mercilessly by the neighborhood kids. Juan Valenzuela, who grew up in Culiacan, Mexico, has been fighting for respect ever since.
April 11, 1993 |
Fernandomania in Orioles Park at Camden Yards this summer? Could it happen? Does the popular former National League Cy Young Award winner still have the ability to fool major league hitters? If Fernando Valenzuela's one perfect inning of relief Friday night and an outstanding spring are any indication, the answer is maybe, Baltimore manager Johnny Oates said. "We'll just have to see how remarkable this story is," Oates said.
November 17, 1990 |
The Padres have had preliminary talks with free agent left-hander Fernando Valenzuela, Joe McIlvaine, Padre general manager, said Friday night. But McIlvaine refused to divulge whether the Padres are willing to make the starting pitcher a contract offer. "We've had some contact with him," McIlvaine said, "but I can't tell you how interested we are. I haven't even told his agent (Tony DeMarco). We'll just have to wait and see."
March 29, 1991 |
These once-in-a-lifetime opportunities keep beating the Angels over the head. Bo Jackson last week. Fernando Valenzuela today. The Angels said no to Bo because he's hurt--with the Angels, the career-ending injury usually happens after they sign the guy--but with Fernando, how can they possibly resist? Valenzuela just turned 30. Finally, he's old enough. Valenzuela is a Latin Ballplayer.
August 7, 2004 |
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.
September 1, 1985 |
In just a few weeks, the Dodgers are expected to begin negotiations with representatives of Fernando Valenzuela, presumably on a multiyear contract that would keep the left-handed pitcher from becoming a free agent after the 1986 season, when he is eligible to become one. Valenzuela is being paid $1.2 million in 1985, a figure agreed upon just hours before the deadline for filing for arbitration.
April 13, 1989 |
Fernando Valenzuela made his second start of the season Wednesday night, and the reviews were devastating, even if the score--Giants 3, Dodgers 1--was not. Valenzuela's critics weren't of the pressbox variety, either. These opinion-makers had bats, not pens, in hand, which they wielded with little mercy. "Man, I don't have no feelings for no one," said Giant third baseman Kevin Mitchell, when asked if he had any compassion for the Dodger left-hander attempting to recover from serious shoulder problems.