"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."
Victor Espinoza has committed to ride Whitmore in the May 7 Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I), co-owner Harry Rosenblum said April 20.
The supporters, known as War Emblem's "inner circle," gathered from across the country to meet the Derby and Preakness winner at a private reception.
Experience and strength carry Victor Espinoza to World Cup victory. read blog
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. Watch Video
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.
2014 Horse of the Year California Chrome returns from winning the 2016 Dubai World Cup (UAE-I) March 26 at Meydan.
A year later, a year better for California Chrome, who impressively won the $10 million Dubai World Cup (UAE-I) March 26 at Meydan Racecourse a year after a second-place finish in the world's richest horse race.
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.
Smokey Image and Danzing Candy put on an unintentional preview of the March 12 San Felipe (gr. II) during their morning workouts Feb. 27 at Santa Anita Park.
Comments from Victor Espinoza after California's win in Dubai on February 25, 2016. Courtesy of Dubai Racing Club
California Chrome appears to be going into the Dubai World Cup Sponsored by Emirates Airline (UAE-I) in top form after rolling to victory by two lengths in a Feb. 25 handicap at Meydan.
Victor Espinoza, a 43-year-old native of Mexico City, has been selected by a vote of jockeys nationwide as the winner of Santa Anita's highly coveted 2016 George Woolf Memorial Jockey Award.
Smokey Image just seems to find trouble working recently in the mornings at Santa Anita Park, and although that might make trainer Carla Gaines uncomfortable in the moment, it may end up being a blessing in disguise.
Smokey Image found company in the turn of his four-furlong breeze, as he and jockey Victor Espinoza moved inside of a three-furlong worker and stuck with their unexpected rival to the wire, covering the distance in :47 1/5.
Fox Hill Farms' undefeated Songbird will make her 2016 debut in the $300,000 Las Virgenes Stakes (gr. II) Feb. 6 and will again be a commanding favorite when the gates open at Santa Anita Park.
A homebred California-bred chestnut, with blinkers on and Victor Espinoza in the irons, broke away from the field to win the $250,000 California Cup Derby Jan. 30 at Santa Anita Park. Sound familiar?
At any level of racing, there is something a bit magical about an undefeated horse. Make it a 3-year-old colt, and the mind goes to one place.
Triple Crown winner American Pharoah was named 2015's Horse of the Year and Champion 3-year-old male at the Jan. 16 Eclipse Awards
Photographer Michael Clevenger of the Louisville Courier-Journal has won a 2015 Media Eclipse Award for Photography for his picture of American Pharoah winning the 2015 Belmont Stakes (gr. I) to land the Triple Crown.
California Chrome, Gulfstream Park, Sunland Park, Delta Downs, Santa Anita & More! view slideshow
He had new co-owners and new silks, but California Chrome got his mojo back with a powerful victory in the $200,000 San Pasqual Stakes (gr. II) at Santa Anita Park, his first start off a nine-month layoff.
In anticipation of his 2016 comeback in the Jan. 9 San Pasqual Stakes (gr. II) at Santa Anita Park, Taylor Made Stallions launched the new official home on the web for California Chrome Jan. 6 at TheChampIsBack.com.
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Triple Crown winner American Pharoah is a finalist in the Horse of the Year and 3-year-old male categories for the 2015 Eclipse Awards, recognizing excellence in Thoroughbred racing.
Immediately after California Chrome's final workout in preparation for the San Pasqual Stakes (gr. II), trainer Art Sherman stayed quiet, but his eyes widened in excitement.
Watch 2014 Kentucky Derby and Preakness Stakes winner California Chrome work at Los Alamitos Dec. 27, 2015 with Victor Espinoza. watch video
California Chrome's workout Dec. 27 at Los Alamitos Race Course looked a lot like his drills of old, with the track empty as he stepped onto the dirt surface, but it also had a touch of something new.
California Chrome drilled down in his latest Los Alamitos workout Dec. 12, covering five furlongs in 1:00 3/5 at the Southern California track.
South Africa's reigning champion rider, Gavin Lerena, booted home the last two winners to take top honors in the Dec. 9 Longines International Jockeys' Championship at a rain-soaked Happy Valley Racecourse.
Trainer Bob Baffert accepted the Big Sport of Turfdom Award on behalf of the American Pharoah team Tuesday, Dec. 8 during a lunch presentation at the Global Symposium on Racing and Gaming in Tucson, Ariz.
Horse of the Year California Chrome is "preparing himself really well" for a comeback, according to trainer Art Sherman after the Lucky Pulpit colt breezed five furlongs in 1:01 Dec. 5 at Los Alamitos.
British-based Frankie Dettori has been named the Longines World's Best Jockey for 2015, besting U.S. Triple Crown-winning rider Victor Espinoza and British-based Ryan Moore for the title.
California Chrome continued training toward his scheduled return in the $200,000 San Pasqual Stakes (gr. III) Jan. 9 with a half-mile breeze in :48 2/5 Nov. 28 at Los Alamitos Race Course.
After less-than-ideal runs in his last three graded stakes tries, Midnight Storm returned to form in standout fashion Nov. 27 at Del Mar, but he also showed a slightly different dimension.
East Coast shipper Rusty Slipper provided an upset in the $100,000 Red Carpet Handicap (gr. IIIT) at Del Mar Nov. 21, closing in the stretch to capture the 1 3/8-mile turf test.
Headed by Victor Espinoza and Ryan Moore, some of the world's top riders will compete in the Longines International Jockeys' Championship Dec. 9 at Happy Valley Racecourse in Hong Kong.
Award recognizes American Pharoah's connections for enhancing Thoroughbred racing coverage through cooperation with media and racing publicists.
Comments from the connections of 2015 Breeders' Cup Classic winner American Pharoah, including Bob Baffert, Ahmed Zayat, and Victor Espinoza. Watch Video
American Pharoah, the first Triple Crown winner to run in the Breeders' Cup, went out an emphatic winner Oct. 31 at Keeneland.
Relive American Pharoah's victory in the 2015 Breeders' Cup Classic (gr. I). See where your favorite horse was at several crucial points of the race with our interactive slideshow.
Comments from the connections of 2015 Breeders' Cup Classic winner American Pharoah, including Bob Baffert, Ahmed Zayat, and Victor Espinoza.
Jockey Victor Espinoza is looking forward to one last race on American Pharoah in the Breeders' Cup Classic (gr. I) Saturday, Oct. 31 at Keeneland.
Claire Novak shares thoughts from the Breeders' Cup Classic and Distaff post position draw. Hear thoughts from Victor Espinoza, Jerry Crawford and Richard Mandella. watch video
Claire Novak shares thoughts from the Breeders' Cup Classic and Distaff post position draw. Hear thoughts from Victor Espinoza, Jerry Crawford and Richard Mandella.
Hronis Racing's Hard Aces has benefited from a West Coast racing lineup without Shared Belief or California Chrome, but will take his shot in the Breeders' Cup Classic (gr. I) nonetheless. acquiring
Santa Anita clockers caught American Pharoah going five furlongs in 1:01 1/5 "handily," while Beholder went the distance in 1:02 flat and was given the "breezing" label that is not often awarded in Southern California.
Stellar Wind, a four-time graded stakes winner in 2015, will train up to the Oct. 30 Breeders' Cup Distaff (gr. I).
Those hoping to see Hronis Racing's Stellar Wind back in action on Santa Anita Park's jam-packed opening day Sept. 26 will likely only have to wait a week to watch the 3-year-old daughter of Curlin run.
A winner of grade I turf races on both coasts this season, Hard Not to Like will try for a third straight top-level stakes win when she starts Saturday, Sept. 26 in the Rodeo Drive Stakes (gr. IT) at Santa Anita Park.
Jockey Victor Espinoza and partner Karina Smirnoff will see how long they last in a televised dancing competition that begins the evening of Sept. 14 on ABC.
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