Jockey Velazquez Back in the Saddle Again

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Jockey Velazquez Back in the Saddle Again
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Slowly but surely, jockey John Velazquez is getting back in the groove. By the time he's inducted into thoroughbred racing's Hall of Fame on Aug. 10, the two-time Eclipse Award winner hopes to be riding full time again after breaking a collarbone, lacerating a kidney and injuring two vertebrae in a frightening spill at Churchill Downs on June 16. Less than a month later, though, he was back exercising horses in the mornings. He returned to competitive riding July 25 at Saratoga Race Course, finishing fourth in each of the two races in which he was entered.

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