Keyword: Victor Espinoza

  • Stellar Wind works under Victor Espinoza Oct. 14 at Santa Anita Park

    Stellar Wind Works for Breeders' Cup Distaff

    Hronis Racing's champion Stellar Wind worked six furlongs in 1:13 3/5 Oct. 14 in her penultimate breeze at Santa Anita Park before she moves down to Del Mar for her final preparations for the Longines Breeders' Cup Distaff (G1) Nov. 3.

  • Jockey Javier Castellano (center) holds his Hall of Fame plaque, along with fellow Hall of Fame riders Ramon Dominguez (left) and John Velazquez

    2017 Hall of Fame Entrants Pure Class

    Fellow 2017 inductees Javier Castellano, Garrett Gomez, Victor Espinoza, and equine star Goldikova took their place in the Hall of Fame with Pillars of the Turf John Gaines, Ogden "Dinny" Phipps, and Col. Matt Winn.

  • Victor Espinoza is scheduled to ride Santa Anita Derby winner Gormley in this year's Belmont Stakes

    Good Feelings Still Flowing for Espinoza

    When Victor Espinoza returns to ride in the Belmont Stakes (G1) June 10 at Belmont Park for the first time since guiding American Pharoah to a Triple Crown sweep in 2015, the memory of that day will still be fresh. 

  • Gormley, with Victor Espinoza aboard, works at Santa Anita Park

    Gormley Works for Possible Belmont Start

    Before and after Gormley logged his workout May 27 at Santa Anita Park, trainer John Shirreffs emphasized that, although the June 10 Belmont Stakes (G1) is under consideration, nothing is set in stone.

  • Collected wins the 2017 Santana Mile

    Collected Puts Away Dortmund in Santana Mile

    Speedway Stable's Collected returned from a more than 10-month layoff to impressively win the $75,000 Santana Mile April 1 at Santa Anita Park, and left behind tiring former stablemate Dortmund in the process.

  • Gormley edges American Anthem (obscured) by a head in the Sham Stakes

    Gormley Edges American Anthem in Sham

    Reminiscent of several standout races in 2016 in the region, the $100,000 Sham Stakes (G3) stretch run featured two horses locked in a duel to a wire, well clear of the rest of the field.

  • Gormley

    Gormley Looks to Bounce Back in Sham Stakes

    When Gormley found himself four wide in both the first and second turns during the Breeders' Cup Juvenile (G1), stalking the pace instead of out front, it wasn't much of a surprise the John Shirreffs trainee faded late.

  • California Chrome prepares for the Breeders' Cup Classic Nov. 2 at Santa Anita Park.

    A Stronger 'Chrome' Returns to Classic

    California Chrome has a chance at redemption—the rarest of opportunities in today’s racing—when he starts in the $6 million Breeders’ Cup Classic (gr. I) at Santa Anita Park, the same race and site where he finished a close third to Bayern in 2014.

  • California Chrome enters the Breeders' Cup Classic off a win in the Awesome Again Stakes

    California Chrome Targets Perfect Ending

    After giving his connections and fans standout victories in the Dubai World Cup (UAE-I) and the TVG Pacific Classic (gr. I), California Chrome will try to extend his perfect 5-year-old campaign in the richest race ever run in North America.

  • Holy Lute wins the second heat of the Eddie D. Stakes (gr. IIIT)

    New Santa Anita Turf Course Passes First Test

    One day in, and four races down, the Southern California jockey colony had only positive comments about Santa Anita Park's brand-new turf course with just more than a month to go until the Breeders' Cup.

  • Victor Espinoza on California Chrome

    Espinoza: California Chrome Never Better

    Victor Espinoza, regular rider of 2014 Horse of the Year California Chrome, said the 5-year-old California-bred has never been doing better as he prepares for a start in the Awesome Again Stakes (gr. I) Oct. 1 at Santa Anita Park.

  • California Chrome wins the 2016 Pacific Classic

    'Chrome,' Beholder Weighing Options after PC

    Barn CC on the Del Mar backside had a party-like atmosphere Sunday morning—with a large group of connections and fans huddled around the 2014 Horse of the Year's stall—following what Sherman called the best performance of his career.

  • California Chrome fights off Dortmund to win the San Diego.

    'Chrome' Edges Dortmund in Del Mar Battle

    The Del Mar crowd roared as California Chrome put a head in front of Dortmund in the final turn of the $200,000 San Diego Handicap (gr. II) July 23, but little did they know the battle they were in store for in the stretch.

  • California Chrome works July 16 at Del Mar

    California Chrome Brilliant in Del Mar Breeze

    If there were any lingering doubts about California Chrome's condition in preparation for the San Diego Handicap (gr. II) after some less than sparkling recent workouts at Los Alamitos, he put those concerns away in a July 16 breeze at Del Mar.

  • Stellar Wind works June 19

    Stellar Wind Works Toward Beholder Rematch

    Stellar Wind, champion 3-year-old filly of 2015, worked six furlongs in company under Victor Espinoza July 10 at Santa Anita Park in 1:14 1/5 in preparation for a rematch with Beholder in the Clement L. Hirsch Stakes (gr. I) at Del Mar July 30.

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  • Team American Pharoah, Justin Zayat, Victor Espinoza, Ahmed Zayat, and Bob Baffert

    Team Pharoah to Receive Preakness Merit Award

    The Maryland Jockey Club April 29 said it will honor Zayat Stables, trainer Bob Baffert and jockey Victor Espinoza—the connections of 2015 Triple Crown winner American Pharoah—with the Preakness Special Award of Merit May 19 at the Alibi Breakfast.

  • Victor Espinoza and American Pharoah

    Espinoza Back for More in Kentucky Derby

    "It's going to be hard," Espinoza said of tackling the Run for the Roses on Whitmore. "But you never know. As long as I have a horse in the race, I always think I can win the Kentucky Derby."

  • Dubai World Cup Press Conference

    Comments from California Chrome's connections after his victory in the Dubai World Cup, including Victor Espinoza's discussion of the saddle slipping. Courtesy Dubai Racing Club.

  • Dubai World Cup Press Conference

    Comments from California Chrome's connections after his victory in the Dubai World Cup, including Victor Espinoza's discussion of the saddle slipping. Courtesy Dubai Racing Club.

  • Rachel Alexandra (left) and Zenyatta (right) are Hall of Fame finalists for 2016.

    Rachel Alexandra, Zenyatta Hall Finalists

    The finalists are jockeys Ramon Dominguez, Victor Espinoza, Garrett Gomez, and Craig Perret; Thoroughbreds English Channel, Kona Gold, Rachel Alexandra, and Zenyatta; and trainers Steve Asmussen and David Whiteley.