Victor Espinoza is scheduled to resume his career after an absence of almost seven months when he rides Gallantly Streaming for trainer John Sadler on Monday at Santa Anita Park.
The 46-year-old Hall of Fame member suffered a fractured vertebra in his neck and a shoulder and arm stinger in a training mishap at Del Mar last July 22.
“It's been a long time coming and it feels like forever,” said his agent, Brian Beach, who also represents Victor's nephew, top apprentice Asa Espinoza. “It wasn't like we were looking for a particular race or a particular horse (for his comeback).
“The right opportunity came along and hopefully we can build from here.”
A three-time Kentucky Derby winner, Espinoza's popularity went mainstream after winning the Triple Crown on American Pharoah in 2015, prior to a near miss on two-time Horse of the Year California Chrome in 2014.
Those achievements ultimately led to network TV appearances on the David Letterman Show and Dancing With The Stars, but now it's back to Victor's primary vocation, riding horses.
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