Keyword: Victor Espinoza

  • 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.

  • California Chrome and Victor Espinoza take the Dubai World Cup.

    California Chrome Brilliant in World Cup Win

    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.

  • 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.

  • Smokey Image worked 5 furlongs in  in 1:00 2/5.

    Smokey Image Finds Trouble Again in Workout

    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

    Smokey Image Logs First Work for San Felipe

    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.

  • Smokey Image and Victor Espinoza dominate the California Cup Derby.

    Smokey Image Dominant in Cal Cup Derby

    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?

  • Photographer Michael Clevenger's picture of American Pharoah

    Clevenger Wins Media Eclipse for Photography

    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 returns a winner in the San Pasqual Stakes.

    California Chrome Powerful in Winning Return

    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.

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    Taylor Made Launches California Chrome Site

    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.

  • Bob Baffert accepts the Big Sport of Turfdom Award.

    Big Sport of Turfdom Award to 'Pharoah Team

    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.

  • California Chrome on track at Los Alamitos

    California Chrome Continues Los Al Progress

    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.

  • 2015 BC Classic Press Conference

    Comments from the connections of 2015 Breeders' Cup Classic winner American Pharoah, including Bob Baffert, Ahmed Zayat, and Victor Espinoza.

  • Breeders' Cup Classic and Distaff Draw Recap

    Claire Novak shares thoughts from the Breeders' Cup Classic and Distaff post position draw. Hear thoughts from Victor Espinoza, Jerry Crawford and Richard Mandella.

  • Hard Aces wins the 2015 Gold Cup at Santa Anita.

    Hard Aces Takes a Classic Shot

    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

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    American Pharoah, Beholder Work for Classic

    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

    Stellar Wind Breezes, Likely Heading to KY

    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.

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    Hard Not to Like Stretches Out in Rodeo Drive

    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.