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Patrick Valenzuela Back in the Saddle at Hollywood Park

Patrick Valenzuela is coming back. “He’ll start the first day at Hollywood,” his agent, Tom Knust, said this morning. The Hollywood Park meet begins on Thursday, April 26.


The 49-year-old Valenzuela announced his retirement from riding just over four months ago, but rumors had circulated that he would be making a comeback ever since. He had last ridden on Nov. 13 at Hollywood Park.


“I’m happy to hear it,” said his cousin, former jockey Fernando Valenzuela, 41, now an exercise rider whose big horse is Eclipse Award winner Acclamation. “Patrick is better off when he’s working. He needs to lose four or five more pounds and he’ll be ready. I know he wants to be back to ride Acclamation in the Inglewood.”


That would be the Grade III Inglewood Handicap at 1 1/8 miles on turf on Friday, April 27. Valenzuela rode Acclamation in his last two races, the Pacific Classic last Aug. 28 and the Clement L. Hirsch on Oct. 2, both victories, before the 6-year-old California-bred horse was sidelined with a foot bruise.


The Eclipse Award winning outstanding Older Male of 2011, Acclamation worked one mile on Santa Anita’s main track Thursday for trainer Don Warren in 1:40.20 with Fernando Valenzuela aboard.


P. Val, as he is known on the track, began his career in 1978 and has 4,233 victories, highlighted by his triumph in the 1989 Kentucky Derby aboard Sunday Silence.



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pat v is my favorite rider i love that he is back now i will make money
Must be plenty of jockeys that would love to have the mount on him.
Hope the work goes well, manutim. Can't wait for Acclamation's return to the races.
yes he is licensed and will work acclamation on turf tommorrow thurs.
This jockey is cleared by the stewards?
now appears owner and trainer leaning to patrick
cant say definitively, but coming back on 26th willmost likely not get him the mount on 27th. appears to be Rosario.
fernando is work rider for acclamation, not regular exercise rider.
His uncle was an alcoholic...We would alwasy check Milo's eyes befroe we considreed betting him ...which was not that often
Pat cames from a race horse family..They have built a everlasting name for themselves,Pat if you are reading this..Then so the respect your gamily deserves, as you have already have respect from the racing community for what you have done on the track, so now it's time at your age to suck it up and make that respect grow and nuture good luck god bless
Joe Talamo can ride Acclamation to the winner's circle again.
His retirement was a joke, I knew he'd be back, he's run out of drug money! He should be banned for life. Only in this country, why be so lenient, what happened to 3 strikes & you're out?
I agree - anyone who shaves EVERY single hair on their body (including eyebrows) to avoid failing a mandatory test, OR who goes missing to avoid a test, turns up days later with a contrived story, then "retires" to avoid the test altogether is a goof. We are in agreement.
what a goof
This is now beyond ridiculous. Anyone wanna start a MIA pool? I take June 15th
of course that is UNRELIABLE to the point of comedy
When are they ever going to learn. You spell his name UNREIABLE

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