Velazquez released from hospital after breaking collarbone

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) -- The Jockey's Guild says John Velazquez (veh-LAHZ'-kehz) is out of the hospital after breaking his right collarbone in a spill at Churchill Downs.

A news release says Velazquez was released from a Louisville hospital Tuesday and was planning to return to his home in New York.

Velazquez was injured Saturday after his mount, Mr. Producer, broke down. The jockey was thrown forward and kicked while on the ground by a trailing horse. Mr. Producer was euthanized.

Velazquez, who rode Union Rags to victory in the Belmont Stakes on June 9, will go into the racing Hall of Fame in August. He is based in New York and was at Churchill to ride Wise Dan in the Grade 1 Stephen Foster Handicap. The horse finished second before Velazquez was hurt in the ninth race.

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