Information for this story also came from the Associated Press

Jockey John Velazquez says he continues to heal from an injury suffered in a spill last month at Churchill Downs and hopes to be racing again later this month.

Velazquez says doctors have cleared him to begin exercising horses next week.  He suffered a broken collarbone June 16 when the horse he was riding in the ninth race at Churchill broke down.

Velazquez won the Belmont Stakes aboard Union Rags June 9 and is hoping to ride the colt in the Haskell Invitational on July 29.  

The 40 year old jockey will be inducted in racing’s Hall of Fame next month.

Rick Howlett is WFPL's Broadcast Managing Editor and also produces feature and general assignment radio stories.