Jockey John Velazquez recovering after Breeders’ Cup accident Nov. 2

Jockey John Velazquez is still recovering from injuries he
sustained when his mount broke down in the Breeders’ Cup.

He needed surgery to remove his spleen and repair a damaged
pancreas. Secret Compass had to be euthanized after the accident in
the Juvenile Fillies race on Nov. 2 at Santa Anita.

Velazquez on Tuesday thanked his doctors at the California
hospital where he spent five days recovering. He stayed another
five days in the state before returning home to New York.

The jockey’s doctors in New York say he’s progressing well and
is set to meet with them in December.

Velazquez says he’s looking forward to a full recovery, although
no time table has been set for his return to riding.

The jockey, who turns 42 on Sunday, ranks third nationally in
purses won with $19,364,857 this year.

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