Victor Espinoza

Espinoza: Workers’ Compensation Woes Slowed My Recovery

As Triple Crown-winning jockey Victor Espinoza awaits a third medical opinion on his readiness to resume riding, the rider told Thoroughbred Racing Commentary his struggles with California’s workers’ compensation insurance program have slowed his recovery. Espinoza told TRC that Post Time Self Insurance Group, which covers racetrack employees in California, halted his access to physical […]

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‘Disagreement Among Doctors’ Has Comebacking Victor Espinoza In Holding Pattern

Victor Espinoza’s next workout on a Thoroughbred is on hold pending further medical evaluation, his agent, Brian Beach, said Friday morning at Santa Anita. The 46-year-old Hall of Fame jockey and Triple Crown winner worked his first horse last Saturday after an absence of more than five months recovering from serious injuries in a training […]

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‘Satisfying’ To See Victor Espinoza Back Atop A Thoroughbred At Santa Anita

Racing is a little brighter today. Victor Espinoza is back with his smile that would light up a room. For the first time in more than five months, when he suffered fractured vertebrae and other serious injuries in a training mishap at Del Mar on July 22, the 46-year-old Hall of Fame member and three-time […]

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Espinoza Scheduled To Be Back Working Horses Next Saturday

Triple Crown-winning Hall of Fame jockey Victor Espinoza is set to return to the saddle next week after recovering from major injuries in a training accident at Del Mar back on July 22. “We plan to work horses next Saturday,” said his agent, Brian Beach, on Saturday morning at Santa Anita Park. “We need to […]

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‘Everything Is Going Well’ For Espinoza, Could Return In Mid-January

Victor Espinoza could resume his riding career next month after recovering from serious injuries in a training mishap at Del Mar last July 22. “He’s in Mexico right now visiting his family,” said Espinoza’s agent, Brian Beach, Monday morning at Santa Anita’s Clockers’ Corner. “He posted a video of himself online chopping down a tree, […]

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Espinoza ‘Stronger Day By Day,’ Could Return To The Saddle In January

Hall of Fame jockey Victor Espinoza was back at Del Mar Saturday for the first time since incurring a fractured vertebra and spinal cord trauma in a training accident here on July 22. The official duties for Espinoza were to present the trophy to the winner of the Grade I $300,000 Hollywood Derby – which […]

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Justify Vs. Accelerate: Horse Of The Year Debate Heats Up After Breeders’ Cup

While Accelerate did nothing but enhance his chances of being named Horse of the Year by winning the Breeders’ Cup Classic yesterday, Justify, only the second undefeated Triple Crown winner in the annals of racing, was a precarious leader in the clubhouse. Meanwhile, the jury is out until the decision is announced on January 24 […]

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Past Success, Uncertain Future: ‘A Candid Conversation With Victor Espinoza’

Three years ago, jockey Victor Espinoza sat alone atop the horse racing universe. He was just months removed from vanquishing his Triple Crown demons and, in just a few days, would guide American Pharoah to a dominant, career-capping victory in the Breeders’ Cup Classic at Keeneland. Today, Espinoza sits in his Del Mar home, contemplating […]

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Hovdey: Espinoza Taking Recovery One Step At A Time

Triple Crown-winning jockey Victor Espinoza is taking his recovery one slow step at a time, according to an update from the Daily Racing Form’s Jay Hovdey. Although the vertebrae he fractured in a training accident this summer have healed, Espinoza says his doctor still restricts his workout regimen because of the spinal cord damage he […]

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‘No Sense In Rushing’: Espinoza Plans Christmas Return To The Saddle

Victor Espinoza, who suffered a fractured vertebra in a training mishap at Del Mar July 22, continues a lengthy and arduous recovery and hopes to resume riding when Santa Anita’s Winter Meet starts on Dec. 26. “He saw the doctors this week and they’re happy with his progress,” agent Brian Beach said Friday morning. “They […]

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