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Velazquez back in the saddle

Updated: May 3, 2013, 4:16 PM ET
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Hall of Fame jockey John Velazquez, who will ride undefeated Wood Memorial winner Verrazano in the May 4 Kentucky Derby, returned to competition the afternoon of May 2 at Belmont Park, where he finished seventh on his first mount since April 7.

Velazquez, who suffered injuries to his right wrist and ribs in a spill one day after piloting Verrazano to a three-quarter-length triumph in the Wood Memorial, said he was looking forward to riding the Todd Pletcher trainee in the 1 1/4-mile Derby ...

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