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Jun 21st, 12
The following medical update has been issued by Leona Velazquez, wife of Jockeys’ Guild Chairman John Velazquez, who was injured in a riding accident June 16 at Churchill Downs:

“After conferring with two different doctors in New York, we’ve learned that Johnny will not have to undergo surgery on his broken collarbone. Physicians say his collarbone should heal in 4-6 weeks.”


“He will go back to the doctor in two weeks for X-rays so doctors can check the progress of his healing. Assuming satisfactory progress, Johnny will begin physical therapy at that time.”


“Again, we greatly appreciate the many people who have offered well wishes. Johnny will take it easy to let his injuries heal, and he’s anxious to get back to the track as soon as possible.”




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