Jockeys’ Guild Chairman John Velazquez was released from
University Hospital in
N.Y., on Sunday evening. On Monday, he saw his personal doctor, Dr. Stephen O’Brien.
Velazquez suffered an injury to his first rib on his right side and chipped the radius bone on his right wrist during the 7th
race at Aqueduct on
Sunday. Doctor O’Brien stated that the injuries will heal on their own
and he can resume riding in three weeks. Velazquez plans to start
riding on the Wednesday of the week of the Kentucky Derby.
Velazquez and his wife, Leona, would like to give
thanks to everybody who sent well wishes since the time of his
injuries. The calls, texts, and all of the
thoughts and prayers were greatly appreciated. “We just wanted to
thank everyone for the messages,” Johnny said. “I’m doing real well.”