Victor Espinoza

Catapult Splits Rivals For Del Mar Mile Win

Providing red-hot jockey Drayden Van Dyke with his fifth of seven victories during the afternoon, Catapult, longshot winner of the Eddie Read Stakes a month ago, proved that triumph was no fluke with a come-from-behind triumph in the featured Grade II $200,000 Del Mar Mile Sunday. Van Dyke, who had eight mounts, tied Hall of […]

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Seven Of Ten: Van Dyke Equals Del Mar Win Record With New Personal Best

In 2006, Hall of Fame jockey Victor Espinoza won seven of ten races in a single day at Del Mar. On Sunday, Drayden Van Dyke – Eclipse Award-winning apprentice of 2014 – equaled that record, winning with seven of his eight mounts on a 10-race card, including the Grade 2 Del Mar Mile aboard the […]

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‘The Toughest Thing I’ve Ever Done’: Espinoza’s Recovery Slow But Steady

Hall of Fame jockey Victor Espinoza suffered a fracture to his C-3 vertebrae in late July at Del Mar, when Bobby Abu Dhabi suffered what was apparently a fatal heart attack during a morning workout. Espinoza spoke to the Los Angeles Times about his recovery; currently, the 46-year-old jockey requires a 24-hour caregiver to aid him […]

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Pacific Classic: Sadler Hopes Accelerate Can Reel In The One That’s Gotten Away

Is this the year that trainer John Sadler takes home the $1-million TVG Pacific Classic? He’s won many of Del Mar’s premier stakes races, but it’s the one that keeps getting away. Not by much as was the case in 2011 when his Twirling Candy roared down the stretch to just miss catching Acclamation at […]

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Paulick Report 8/2 News Minute Presented By Woodbine Racetrack

Stay in touch with Thoroughbred racing news throughout the day with the Paulick Report News Minute. In today’s edition, Massachusetts legislators took quick action on Thursday, passing a law making horse racing and wagering legal again. The previous law had expired Tuesday at midnight and jeopardized the weekend program at Suffolk, Downs, Those programs will […]

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Rosario Picks Up Mount On Favored Accelerate In Pacific Classic

According to drf.com, jockey Joel Rosario will be named to ride Accelerate in the Aug. 18 Pacific Classic at Del Mar. Trainer John Sadler will saddle the probable favorite in search of his third Grade 1 win at 1 1/4 miles this season. “We won the title here, won some big races together,” Sadler said. Accelerate’s […]

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Espinoza Sidelined To Heal C-3 Fracture; Full Recovery Expected

Hall of Fame jockey Victor Espinoza suffered a fracture to the transverse process of his C-3 vertebrae on Sunday morning at Del Mar, when his mount, Grade 2 winner Bobby Abu Dhabi, suffered what appeared to be a sudden cardiac event during a morning workout. Espinoza was taken to Scripps La Jolla Hospital, and according […]

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Espinoza Suffers Fractured Vertebrae In Bobby Abu Dhabi Fatality

Hall of Fame jockey Victor Espinoza incurred a fracture of the C-3 vertebra in his neck when thrown from his mount Bobby Abu Dhabi, who suffered an apparent fatal heart attack during a workout at approximately 9:05 a.m.Sunday. Espinoza, 46, lay motionless for several minutes before being fitted with a neck brace and being taken by […]

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Accelerate Seeks San Diego Repeat As Highweight In 10-Horse Field

Hronis Racing’s Accelerate, who has emerged as one of the top older Thoroughbreds in America this year, will pack highweight of 125 pounds versus nine rivals in the Grade II $200,000 San Diego Handicap Saturday at Del Mar. Co-feature Saturday is the $200,000 San Clemente Stakes for three-year-old fillies at one mile on the grass. In the sharpest form […]

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Apprentice Espinoza Awaiting Driver’s License, Tied For Fifth In Santa Anita Standings

Asa Espinoza is far and away the meet’s leading apprentice rider, and with 21 victories, is tied for fifth overall at Santa Anita Park’s Spring Meet which ends today. Not bad for an 18-year-old kid who doesn’t even have his driver’s license yet. “He’s done really well for a guy who started from scratch here […]

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