Victor Espinoza

Midcourt Carries Kobe’s Colors Into The Santa Anita Winner’s Circle

Victor Espinoza rode back toward the finish line, in purple and gold finery. He was returning from a nice Saturday drive. Midcourt, the 4-year-old, lunged to the front in Santa Anita’s San Pasqual Stakes and never slowed down, winning by a widening three-and-a-half lengths. The physicality was obvious. But Lee Searing, the steel executive from […]

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Midcourt Posts Dominant Victory In San Pasqual

C R K Stable’s Midcourt was dominant in Saturday’s Grade 2 San Pasqual, inheriting the lead early and drawing away late to win by about four lengths as the 2-1 second choice. The gelded 5-year-old son of Midnight Lute, ridden by Victor Espinoza for trainer John Shirreffs, ran nine furlongs over Santa Anita’s fast main […]

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Carressa Takes To Turf For Determined Win In Monday’s Megahertz

In her first try on turf and first time in graded stakes competition, trainer John Shirreffs’ Carressa relaxed early and responded with an empathic stretch kick en route to a three quarter length score in Monday’s Grade III, $100,000 Megahertz Stakes at Santa Anita. Ridden by Victor Espinoza, the 4-year-old daughter of Uncle Mo got […]

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Espinoza: Bellafina ‘Ran An Awesome Race’ In Defeat

Victor Espinoza was happy to pick up the mount on 3-5 favorite Bellafina in Saturday’s Grade I La Brea Stakes at Santa Anita Park, but understandably disappointed she finished second to 11-1 shot Hard Not to Love, who rallied from ninth and last at the half-mile marker to win by 2 ¼ lengths. “The race […]

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‘Excited’ Espinoza Picks Up La Brea Mount On 9-5 Favorite Bellafina

Victor Espinoza, his smile and attitude bright as ever, is looking forward to Santa Anita’s Winter Meet that starts today. “My health and business are both good,” said the 47-year-old Hall of Fame member as his agent, Brian Beach, looked on. “I’m excited to be back again and looking forward to winning as many races […]

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Midcourt Makes It Four In A Row With Frontrunning Native Diver Victory

Hustled to the front shortly after the start and then beautifully rated by Hall of Fame jockey Victor Espinoza, Midcourt scored his fourth consecutive victory with an impressive performance in the featured Grade III $100,000 Native Diver Stakes Saturday at Del Mar. Midcourt, owned by the C R K Stable of Lee and Susan Searing […]

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Victor Espinoza Plans To ‘Stick It Out’ In Southern California

On Saturday, Hall of Fame jockey Victor Espinoza will ride Midcourt for trainer John Shirreffs in the Grade III $100,000 Native Diver Stakes at Del Mar. A victory would be stakes win No. 102 for Espinoza at Del Mar and move him within six of Corey Nakatani for the No. 2 spot on the track’s […]

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Espinoza Hopes To Carry Positive Momentum From Summer Into Santa Anita Fall Meet

Victor Espinoza is back doing what comes naturally, the worst experience of his career well behind him. The 47-year-old Triple Crown winner and Hall of Fame member has recovered 100 percent from serious injuries suffered in a training mishap at Del Mar 14 months ago and is doing what he loves best–riding–and winning. “We were […]

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Top Jockeys Of All Ages Set For Competitive Santa Anita Fall Meet

Fans and horsemen will once again be treated to an abundance of world class riding talent as Santa Anita’s 23-day Autumn Meet, which will be highlighted by a record 10th Breeders’ Cup World Championships on Nov. 1 & 2, opens this Friday, Sept. 27. With Hall of Famer “Big Money” Mike Smith, America’s all-time leading Breeders’ Cup-winning jockey […]

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Espinoza Guides Nolde To Del Mar Derby Upset For Moss, Shirreffs

Jerry Moss’ Nolde, given a stirring ride by Hall of Fame jockey Victor Espinoza, rallied between horses in deep stretch to take the lead and then barely withstood the onrushing Originaire to win the Grade 2 $250,000 Del Mar Derby Sunday at Del Mar, Calif. Nolde, beaten a nose by Jasikan in the opening day […]

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