Jockey John Velazquez suffered broken collarbone in spill at Churchill Downs

Jockey John Velazquez suffered broken collarbone in spill at Churchill Downs

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LOUISVILLE, KY - MAY 07: Jockey John Velazquez, riding Animal Kingdom #16, celebrates winning the 137th Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs on May 7, 2011 in Louisville, Kentucky. (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)

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by AP

WHAS11.com

Posted on June 16, 2012 at 11:59 PM

Updated Sunday, Jun 17 at 11:32 PM

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) -- Jockey John Velazquez remained in good condition in the hospital Sunday night following a spill in the ninth race at Churchill Downs Saturday.

A week after riding Union Rags to victory in the Belmont Stakes, the 40-year-old Velazquez was taken from the track on a stretcher. He complained about shoulder pain, but had full mobility, track spokesman Darren Rogers said.

John Velazquez's agent Angel Cordero Jr. told Daily Racing Form Sunday that Velazquez suffered a broken right collarbone and sustained a possible kidney injury in a spill in Saturday night's ninth race aboard Mr. Producer.

Velazquez's mount, Mr. Producer, broke down near the sixteenth pole, falling to the inside and taking out Smart Farda and jockey Manoel Cruz. Velazquez was thrown forward and then kicked while on the ground by the trailing Lemansky, causing jockey John McKee to also be thrown.

Cruz and McKee walked off the track, but McKee took off his final mount of the night.

Mr. Producer was euthanized on the track.

Velazquez was selected for racing's Hall of Fame this April. He won the 2011 Kentucky Derby aboard Animal Kingdom. His first Triple Crown win came in the 2007 Belmont, piloting filly Rags to Riches.

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