Jockey Valenzuela Fires Agent; Cites Conflict in Representation

Jockey Valenzuela Fires Agent; Cites Conflict in Representation
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Jockey Pat Valenzuela.
Edited from track reports
Patrick Valenzuela, the leading rider at Southern California's five major meets during the last calendar year, has fired his agent of the last two years, Nick Cosato.

"I'm just not comfortable with him having another jockey," Valenzuela said Monday morning at Clockers' Corner between working horses. "I wish Nick the best. I don't know right now who my new agent will be. I have somebody in mind but we'll just have to wait a day or two."

"He called me last night and fired me," said Cosato, who took the book of Corey Nakatani at the start of this meet with Valenzuela's approval. "That's all I have to say," Cosato said. "I don't want to say anything else."

Due to serving accumulated suspensions, the 41-year-old Valenzuela missed the first 13 days of the Santa Anita meet except for designated races the first eight days. He resumed riding full time last Sunday and had won nine of 43 races through yesterday.

He captured the Santa Anita riding title last season with 94 wins and won championships at the Santa Anita winter/spring meet, the Hollywood Park spring/summer meet, Del Mar, Oak Tree and the Hollywood autumn meet in the last calendar year, becoming the first rider since Chris McCarron in 1983 to accomplish the feat.

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