Victor Espinoza

‘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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Accelerate Again Awesome In Awesome Again

It happened again. Despite some unusual mid-race tactics, Kosta Hronis’ Accelerate powered clear to a 2 1/2-length victory in Saturday’s Grade 1 Awesome Again Stakes, adding to a year in which he has won the Santa Anita Handicap, Gold Cup at Santa Anita, and Pacific Classic. Off as the 1-5 favorite, the 5-year-old son of […]

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Injured Victor Espinoza Continues To Make Progress, Plans To Return To The Saddle

Victor Espinoza continues his lengthy recovery from a fractured vertebra in his neck suffered in a training mishap at Del Mar on July 22. Recognized worldwide for his Triple Crown sweep aboard American Pharoah in 2015 and as the regular rider of two-time Horse of the Year California Chrome, the popular 46-year-old Hall of Fame jockey […]

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Report: Espinoza Out Of Neck Brace, More Physical Therapy Ahead

According to a report in the Daily Racing Form, Triple Crown-winning jockey Victor Espinoza is out of the neck brace he has worn since late July, but is several weeks away from returning to the saddle. Espinoza is recovering from a fracture of his C-3 vertebra, suffered when he fell from mount Bobby Abu Dhabi when […]

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‘A Very Good Chance’ Bobby Abu Dhabi Did Not Suffer Heart Attack, Says CHRB Chairman

When Hall of Fame jockey Victor Espinoza was seriously injured during a workout aboard Bobby Abu Dhabi last month at Del Mar, it was widely assumed that the Peter Miller-trained 4-year-old had suffered a heart attack, both because of the suddenness of his fall and the fact that he remained motionless afterward. On Thursday, California […]

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