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.
The National Turf Writers and Broadcasters will salute American Pharoah and the team that molded him into the first Triple Crown champion in 37 years to highlight its 56th annual awards dinner Oct. 28 in Lexington.
Jockey Victor Espinoza has been fined $15,000 by stewards at Saratoga Race Course in connection with having advertising on his pants when he rode American Pharoah in the Aug. 29 Travers Stakes.
Hronis Racing's Stellar Wind heavily outclassed the rest of the $100,000 Torrey Pines Stakes (gr. III) on paper and showed it on the track at Del Mar Aug. 30 with an easy victory.
Jockey Victor Espinoza has signed up to be one of the contestants in the new fall season of Dancing With The Stars.
Victor Espinoza, who guided American Pharoah through his Triple Crown triumph this spring, has been named the 2015 recipient of the Laffit Pincay, Jr. Award.
Hronis Racing's Elektrum outfinished three rivals late to earn her first graded stakes in the $250,000 John C. Mabee Stakes (gr. IIT) Aug. 8 at Del Mar.
American Pharoah wins the 2015 Haskell Invitational View Slideshow
American Pharoah wins the 2015 Haskell Invitational
Terry Hamilton's Heart to Heart was all heart Aug. 2, showing the way throughout and carrying on to victory in the $150,000 Oceanport Stakes (gr. IIIT) at Monmouth Park.
Assistant trainer Jimmy Barnes said American Pharoah is "on the sharper side" for the Haskell, his first race since his smooth-striding 5 1/2-length Belmont Stakes (gr. I) triumph June 6 at Belmont Park.
American Pharoah's final workout for the William Hill Haskell Invitational (gr. I) appeared intentionally easy July 28 at Del Mar, with the Triple Crown champion recording a :48 4/5 breeze underneath overcast skies.
After a brief detour to dirt for a run in the Gold Cup (gr. I) June 27 at Santa Anita Park, Finnegans Wake will return to his comfort zone on the Southern California turf for the $400,000 Eddie Read Stakes (gr. IT) July 18.
- By Blood-Horse Staff
- Thoroughbred Racing, Triple Crown, Northeast Region, Midwest Region, Southeast Region, Southwest Region, West Region, Kentucky, Mid-Atlantic Region
Fan voting for the 2015 ESPYS in two key categories with nominees from Thoroughbred racing closes at the start of the show's live broadcast, Wednesday, July 15 at 8 p.m. ET. Fans are encouraged to vote online at ESPYS.com.
Congressman Paul Tonko (D-NY) sent a letter to President Barack Obama July 14 asking the White House to hold an official ceremony honoring American Pharoah and the team that guided him to his historic Triple Crown.
At the midpoint of 2015, an exciting competition is under way for the title of Longines World's Best Jockey. Leading the standings are Victor Espinoza and James McDonald, but several other riders are not far behind.
The Jockey Club Tour on FOX Sports 1 will make a return visit to Monmouth Park in Oceanport, N.J. July 5, with a telecast highlighted by live coverage of the $500,000 United Nations Stakes (gr. IT).
Three-time graded-stakes winner Merry Meadow will cut back to her ideal distance when she returns from more than a three-month layoff in the $250,000 Princess Rooney Stakes (gr. II) at Gulfstream Park July 5.
California has implemented what it says is the strictest regulation in the country governing the use of riding crops in horse racing, with a new rule to begin July 1.
Even with a pair of grade I races on Santa Anita Park's final Saturday of its spring meeting, the star June 27 was indisputable. American Pharoah was on display on the unusually-muggy Southern California afternoon.
Triple Crown winner American Pharoah and his jockey, Victor Espinoza, have been nominated for two ESPYS to be presented July 15 during ESPN's annual awards show, the sports broadcast company announced June 24.
Hronis Racing's Stellar Wind received a stiff challenge from Tara's Tango, but kept her unblemished record at Santa Anita Park intact with a nose victory over the challenger in the $200,000 Summertime Oaks(gr. II).
After more than two months away, Triple Crown champion American Pharoah returned to his Southern California home at Santa Anita Park.
On a pleasantly warm June night that Racing Hall of Fame trainer Bob Baffert called "magical," Triple Crown winner American Pharoah paraded before thousands of adoring fans in the Churchill Downs paddock.
Zayat Stables' Triple Crown winner American Pharoah took his training up a notch June 13, galloping 1 1/4 miles on the Churchill Downs main track.
American Pharoah is scheduled to jog at Churchill Downs June 12, around 6:45 a.m. EDT, in his first appearance on the track since sealing the Triple Crown in the Belmont Stakes presented by DraftKings (gr. I).
Triple Crown Hero: American Pharoah becomes first Triple Crown winner since 1978, The Pan American Conference, Ahmed Zayat, Bob Baffert, Victor Espinoza and more in the June 13, 2015 issue of Blood-Horse magazine.
In the 37th year since Affirmed swept the classics in 1978, Zayat Stables' American Pharoah toyed with the field of seven other horses to win the $1.5 million Belmont Stakes (gr. I).
In significant acts of generosity, trainer Bob Baffert and his wife, Jill, along with jockey Victor Espinoza, announced they will donate to several charities following American Pharoah's Triple Crown triumph.
Claire Novak updates us on American Pharoah's June 7 activities and plans to parade him on Stephen Foster Day at Churchill Downs.
The Triple Crown winner appears on national TV June 7 at Belmont Park. watch video
The Triple Crown winner appears on national TV June 7 at Belmont Park.
Relive American Pharoah's Triple Crown victory in the 2015 Belmont Stakes (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 Belmont Stakes and Triple Crown winner American Pharoah, including trainer Bob Baffert, jockey Victor Espinoza, and owner Ahmed Zayat. Watch Video
As American Pharoah trains flawlessly toward the June 6 Belmont Stakes presented by DraftKings (gr. I), it is tempting to wonder if this horse might be the one.
Zayat Stables' Triple Crown contender American Pharoah arrived June 2 at Long Island MacArthur Airport and soon after walked off a horse van at Belmont Park, ready for his run in the June 6 Belmont Stakes (gr. I).
The quality that American Pharoah brings to the table--the quality trainer Bob Baffert believes could help him sweep the Triple Crown--is the colt's smooth stride.
Speedway Stable's Hard Not to Like showed a liking for the Santa Anita Park turf course with a come-from-behind victory in the $300,000 Gamely Stakes (gr. IT) on the grass May 25.
Victor Espinoza departs Southern California for New York June 1, for what he hopes is a date with destiny, when he pursues a sweep of the Triple Crown aboard American Pharoah in the Belmont Stakes (gr. I) June 6.
Zayat Stable's American Pharoah gave himself a shot at the Triple Crown after a commanding victory in the $1.5 million Xpressbet.com Preakness Stakes (gr. I) May 16 at Pimlico Race Course.
Jockey Victor Espinoza will try for a third time to complete a Triple Crown sweep, this year June 6 aboard Zayat Stables' homebred American Pharoah.
- By The Associated Press
- Thoroughbred Racing, Triple Crown, Northeast Region, Kentucky, Mid-Atlantic Region
Secretariat owner Penny Chenery and Affirmed jockey Steve Cauthen believe American Pharoah could be that special horse capable of ending a 37-year Triple Crown drought. Ron Turcotte agrees.
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