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Ismael Valenzuela

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Woodward Stakes 1956, 1962, 1963
San Antonio Handicap 1957
San Vicente Stakes 1957, 1960
Coaching Club American Oaks 1958
Cowdin Stakes 1959
Champagne Stakes
Brooklyn Handicap 1960
Toboggan Handicap 1962
San Gabriel Handicap 1962, 1963
Jockey Club Gold Cup 1962, 1963, 1964
San Juan Capistrano Handicap 1958, 1963
Whitney Handicap 1963, 1965
Washington, DC International 1964
Stymie Handicap 1965
Canadian International Stakes 1966
Blue Grass Stakes 1968
American Derby 1968
Santa Anita Derby 1974

American Classic Race wins:
Kentucky Derby 1958, 1968
Preakness Stakes 1958, 1968 Racing awards George Woolf Memorial Jockey Award 1963 Honours United States Racing Hall of Fame 2008 Significant horses Affectionately, Cicada, Forward Pass, George Royal, Kelso, Native Diver, Porterhouse, Round Table, Searching, Tim Tam

Ismael "Milo" Valenzuela December 25, 1934, in McNary, Texas – September 2, 2009, in Arcadia, California was a Thoroughbred horse racing Hall of Fame jockey He was one of 22 children born to parents who had immigrated to the United states Shortly after Valenzuela's birth, the family returned to their native Mexico At age 14, Valenzuela came back to the United States where he began working with quarter horses, then launched his career as a jockey at a racetrack in Tucson, Arizona He eventually began riding in California and came to national prominence as a jockey competing for the American Triple Crown of Thoroughbred Racing

Leading up to the 1958 Kentucky Derby, the California horse Silky Sullivan received much publicity for his habit of coming from very far behind to win races It was the first time television played a major role in the publicizing of a racehorse, and after Valenzuela won the Derby on board Tim Tam, the next day he was flown to New York City to make a guest appearance on CBS Television's The Ed Sullivan Show Two weeks later, Valenzuela and Tim Tam won the Preakness Stakes, but in the final leg of the Triple Crown, they finished second at the Belmont Stakes after the horse fractured a sesamoid bone near the end of the race

For over three years in the early 1960s, Valenzuela was the regular rider of Kelso On Kelso, Valenzuela won twenty-two important graded stakes races, passed Round Table to become the No 1 money winner in Thoroughbred racing history, and earned the most prestigious Horse of the Year award every year In 1963, Valenzuela was the recipient of the George Woolf Memorial Jockey Award given to a top thoroughbred jockey in North America who demonstrates high standards of personal and professional conduct, on and off the racetrack In 1966, he won the Canadian International Stakes and in 1968 history repeated itself when he again won the Kentucky Derby and Preakness Stakes with Forward Pass but fell short of winning the Triple Crown when they finished second in the Belmont Stakes

After having won 2,545 races, Valenzuela retired from racing to a home near Santa Anita Park In December 1999, his wife died suddenly of liver failure Rosa Delia Valenzuela had been taking the doctor-prescribed drug Rezulin that a few months later was withdrawn from the market when the US Food and Drug Administration concluded that Rezulin use had "possibly or probably" resulted in 90 liver failures, including 63 deaths and seven nonfatal organ transplants

In 2008, Valenzuela was elected to the National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame In poor health, he was unable to travel to the annual induction ceremony on August 4 at Saratoga Springs, New York and was inducted in a special ceremony at Santa Anita Racetrack on June 22, 2008

Seventy-four-year-old Ismael Valenzuela died on September 2, 2009, and was buried in the Live Oak Memorial Park Cemetery in Monrovia, California

Valenzuela had three brothers who also became jockeys as did his nephew, Pat Valenzuela


  1. ^ "Hall of Fame jockey Milo Valenzuela dies at 74 after long illness" taraganacom 2009-09-02 Retrieved 2009-09-02 
  2. ^ Pulitzer Prize: March 22, 2000 Los Angeles Times article by David Willman titled "Diabetes Drug Rezulin Pulled Off the Market"
  3. ^ Ismael Valenzuelo at the National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame

External links

  • Website about Ismael Valenzuela
  • Ismael Valenzuela at Find a Grave

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