New York-based rider John Velazquez,
who last weekend won Belmont
Park’s marquee race
for the second time when he guided Union Rags to victory in the Grade 1, $1
million Belmont Stakes, will miss an unspecified amount of time after breaking
his right collarbone in a spill Saturday night at Churchill Downs during the
running of the ninth race.
Velazquez’s wife Leona was en route to Louisville
Sunday afternoon and confirmed that John remained hospitalized at Norton Audobon
Hospital in Louisville, Ky.
where he was awaiting further evaluation from doctors to determine a course of
treatment for the injury.