Victor Espinoza

Cistron Switches From Turf To Dirt For Kona Gold Win

Raced exclusively on turf in his last 13 starts, Hronis Racing’s Cistron, who was supplemented at a cost of $4,000, completely dominated Saturday’s Grade II, $200,000 Kona Gold Stakes at Santa Anita, as he whistled 6 ½ furlongs on the main track in 1:16.33 while winning by 5 ¼ lengths under Victor Espinoza. Trained by […]

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Churchill Downs Brings Back Champions Day To Celebrate Triple Crown’s 100th Anniversary

Churchill Downs’ second annual Champions Day presented by Twinspires.com will celebrate the 100th anniversary of the Triple Crown and honor its winners on Tuesday of Derby week. In addition to a full day of racing, Triple Crown-winning jockeys, trainers and owners will sign autographs; fans can have their photos taken with rarely seen Triple Crown memorabilia […]

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‘All About Confidence’: Espinoza Celebrates First Win Since Returning From Injury

To hear Victor Espinoza tell it, “I was out of work for seven months. Now I’m back working again.” With every bit of humor there’s a touch of truth, but when the 46-year-old Hall of Fame member and Triple Crown winner rolled to a three-length victory on 15-1 outsider St. Joe Bay in Saturday’s Grade […]

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Comebacking Victor Espinoza, Longshot St. Joe Bay Team Up For San Carlos Win

While John Sadler came out on the wrong end of one of the most excruciating photos of his training career a race earlier, he endured no such trepidation in the Grade II, $200,000 San Carlos Stakes at Santa Anita on Saturday, as Hronis Racing’s longshot St. Joe Bay led gate to wire to win by […]

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‘I Appreciate Everything’: Espinoza Second In Comeback Race

A storybook ending it wasn’t, but the racing world welcomed Hall of Fame jockey Victor Espinoza with open arms following a seven-month absence on a picturesque Monday afternoon at Santa Anita in Arcadia, Calif., as the 46-year-old native of Mexico City finished second, beaten 2 3/4 lengths aboard heavily favored Gallantlystreaming in the day’s first […]

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‘At First, I Thought I Was Done’: Espinoza Back In The Saddle After Fractured Vertebra

After a near seven-month absence, popular Hall of Fame jockey Victor Espinoza, a winner of the 2015 Triple Crown with American Pharoah, will return to the saddle on Monday at Santa Anita, as he’s been named to ride Irish-bred Gallantlystreaming in the first race for Hronis Racing, LLC and trainer John Sadler. Sidelined due to […]

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‘Long Time Coming’: Hall Of Famer Espinoza Back In The Saddle Monday

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 […]

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Hall Of Fame Jockey Victor Espinoza ‘Given The Green Light To Ride’

Victor Espinoza said Sunday morning at Santa Anita that doctors have cleared him to resume his riding career. The 46-year-old Triple Crown winner and Hall of Fame member suffered a fractured vertebrae in his neck and a stinger to his left shoulder and arm in a training mishap at Del Mar last July 22 and […]

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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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