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Doctor: Velazquez Can Ride Three Days Before Derby


By Dick Downey

Updated 3:52 p.m. ET
According to a Jockeys' Guild release, John Velazquez can resume riding in three weeks on advice of his physician.  Velazquez will ride Verrazano in the Kentucky Derby, agent Angel Cordero Jr. told DRF.com.

And on a related note, the publication reports that Orb will be ridden by Joel Rosario in the Derby. Velazquez rode both horses in their most recent starts, but Rosario was aboard Orb in his first five starts. The move means that the connections of Vyjack will be looking for a jockey, as Rosario was on that horse in the Grade I Wood Memorial, in which he finished third.

Doctor Stephen O’Brien told Velazquez his injuries will heal on their own.

Velazquez was released from North Shore University Hospital in Manhasset, N.Y., on Sunday evening after a spill that day at Aqueduct.  On Monday, he saw O’Brien, an orthopedic surgeon. The jockey sustained a small fracture of his first rib on the right side and a small bone chip near his right wrist.

 “We just wanted to thank everyone for the messages,” Velazquez said through the release.  “I’m doing real well.”


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