The victory by Hall of Fame jockey Victor Espinoza on Cistron in Saturday's Bing Crosby Stakes was his fourth in that race and 98th in his Del Mar career. Espinoza, 47, needs two more stakes to not only reach the 100 mark but also tie the retired Gary Stevens for third on the track's all-time list.
Beyond the numbers, of greater significance, it was Espinoza's first stakes victory here since 2017, virtually his entire 2018 campaign having been wiped out by a career-threatening neck injury in a training accident.
“Victor was extremely happy and I was too,” his agent, Brian Beach, said Sunday morning. “After all the work he's done to come back, to see things come full circle one week after the anniversary of the accident, and win a Grade I stake at Del Mar, which has always been his favorite track … It was perfect.”
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