Valenzuela Back After South Pacific Honeymoon
Jockey Patrick Valenzuela was back at Hollywood Park exercising horses Friday, sporting a new wedding ring and a dark tan.Valenzuela, 40, has not ridden since Nov. 3, closing day of the Oak Tree meet at Santa Anita. He began a 15-day suspension for riding infractions deferred from the Del Mar meet immediately thereafter. The suspension runs through Nov. 24.Valenzuela used the down time to marry the former Valerie Hays Nov. 9 and take a nine-day honeymoon on the South Pacific islands of Tahiti and Bora Bora."It was good to get refreshed and spend time with the person you love," said Valenzuela after exercising a filly for trainer Bobby Frankel.Valenzuela has taken calls Dec. 1 in the $500,000 Matriarch (gr. IT) on Golden Apples and the $500,000 Hollywood Derby (gr. IT) on Mananan McLir.Valenzuela, the leading rider at the spring/summer meet at Hollywood, plans to be back in the saddle for races on Wednesday.