In a Jockeys’ Guild press release on Thursday, Leona Velazquez, wife of injured jockey John Velazquez, said surgery was not needed to repair her husband’s broken right collarbone.
Velazquez was injured June 16 in a spill 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,” Leona said in the statement. “Physicians say his collarbone should heal in four to six weeks. He will go back to the doctor in two weeks for x-rays so that 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,” she added. “Johnny will take it easy to let his injuries heal, and he is anxious to get back to the track as soon as possible.”
John Velazquez/NYRA photo