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P. Val is racing's comeback kid

Jockey Patrick Valenzuela is once again on top of the world. But it was a long road back.

Updated: August 13, 2002, 2:56 PM ET
By Kenny Rice | Special to ESPN.com

No Fear.

In small but distinctly bright red letters, those two words were etched on the top of Patrick Valenzuela's shiny black boots, plainly visible as he stood on the podium in the interview room at Gulfstream Park 10 years ago. P Val was there to talk about his two Breeders' Cup victories that day aboard Eliza in the Juvenile Fillies and Fraise in the Turf.

It was very well known even then that the talented jockey had battled substance abuse, and so when members of the media ...

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