John Velazquez, Chairman of the Jockeys' Guild, continues to recover at
his home in Long Island, New York. Velazquez was injured on November 2
at Santa Anita Racetrack when his mount, Secret Compass, broke down
during the running of the Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies.
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the paramedics were there to work on me right away and made the
decision to go to a trauma hospital. That helped saved my life," said
the accident, Velazquez was taken to Huntington Memorial Hospital in
Pasadena. Upon arrival, the trauma team set to work on Velazquez. It was
quickly determined he had severe internal injuries and within minutes
was taken in for emergency surgery. Surgeons removed Velazquez' spleen
and repaired a damaged pancreas.
would like to thank Dr. Brian Lugo and Dr. Jonathan Phillips," said
Velazquez. "The doctors, my nurses in ICU, and entire staff were
excellent. They took really good care of me."
Velazquez spent five days in the hospital and another five days in California before returning home to New York.
many people helped Leona and me while we were in California," Velazquez
said. "We'd like to thank Craig Fravel and the Breeders' Cup for their
help when Leona and I needed to stay longer. Mr. Scott Ford (who owned
Secret Compass) was responsible in getting my children and us home to
New York and we are very thankful for his help."
"We'd also like to thank Bob and Jill Baffert for their help and kindness," added Velazquez.
to doctors in New York, Velazquez' recovery is progressing nicely and
will follow up with another appointment next month.
really wanted to thank everyone for their prayers and well wishes,"
said Velazquez. "I really appreciate it. I'm doing well and looking
forward to a full recovery."