P-Val update

Patrick Valenzuela has until 10 a.m. tomorrow, which is scratch time for Friday’s card, to provide medical documents during the time of his absence or he will not be allowed to ride his four horses on Friday. The CHRB now says the P-Val situation is day to day. The only day he is presently cleared to ride is Thursday when he is named on four horses.

As the Jockey Turns

We’ve just started the Oak Tree meeting and already Patrick Valenzuela is overshadowing what should be a great weekend of Breeders’ Cup prep races. Given the OK by the CHRB to ride four horses on Thursday, he’s named on four more Friday but still needs to provide medical documentation during his absence since July 16 before the board will let him fulfill those commitments.
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P-Val hopes to return Thursday

Patrick Valenzuela, one of the most talented riders around when he’s on the track, hopes to return to action Thursday during the second day of the Oak Tree meeting at Santa Anita. Valenzuela has not ridden in Southern California since July 16, when his agent Tom Knust, reported that the 43-year-old veteran had a bad back that was most likely going to require surgery.
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Pick Six single at Fairplex

On a day like today, with a near-$1 million pick six carryover at Fairplex Park, there will be big players from all over the country trying for a piece of the prize. The every-day bettor can’t compete against those big spenders who ante up thousands of dollars during big carryovers like this.
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A Stute shocker at Fairplex

Roman Commander, trained by the son of Fairplex Park’s all-time leading conditioner, Mel Stute, pulled a 30-1 shocker in the Barretts Juvenile on Sunday, getting up to beat 3-5 favorite Chief’s Magic in the final strides. Gary Stute is having the best year of his career in 2006. He had a solid Santa Anita meet and scored his first Fairplex victory with Sunday’s shocker.
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