Agent: Velazquez breaks collarbone
The agent for John Velazquez says the jockey broke his right collarbone in a spill at Churchill Downs.
Angel Cordero Jr. says Velazquez was expected to be released from a Louisville, Ky., hospital Sunday, the track said in a release. Cordero says the jockey might have injured his kidney in the accident Saturday. His mount, Mr. Producer, broke down and Velazquez was thrown forward and kicked while on the ground by a trailing horse. Mr. Producer was euthanized.
Velazquez, who rode Union Rags to victory in the Belmont Stakes on June 9, will be inducted into the racing Hall of Fame in August. He is based in New York and was at Churchill to ride Wise Dan in the Grade 1 Stephen Foster Handicap. The horse finished second before Velazquez was hurt in the ninth race.