Victor Espinoza
Born:
1972-05-23
Mexico City
Greater Mexico City, Mexico

Currently Residing:
Monrovia
California USA

Height: 5â2â
Weight: 112 lbs



He is single; brother Jose is a rider in New York and another brother, Leo, is a former rider now living in Mexico City.


Notes:
Victor Espinoza learned the art of horse riding from a jockey school in his native Mexico City; registered his first win at Hippodromo de las Americas in 1992; worked as apprentice at Bay Meadows in 1993-94 and at Golden Gate in 1994 and immigrated to Southern California and topped in the standings at Fairplex both in 1996 and 1997. Espinoza clinched Breedersâ Cup victory with Spain; snatched the Hollywood Gold Cup with Early Pioneer; won the 2002 Kentucky Derby and Preakness Stakes with War Emblem; clinched the 2002 ESPY Award for Best Jockey. He won his 4th title at 2006 Hollywood Park; finished the 2007 Santa Anita meet atop the standings with Garrett Gomez. Completed 2000th career win on March 19, 2006 at Santa Anita; won Sunland Parkâs two signature races on April 1, 2006. He has several wins under his belt.

Statistics
Year Races Run Wins Place Show Earnings
2015 217 46 39 29 -
2014 583 102 79 68 -
2013 724 107 113 99 -
2012 638 74 74 82 -
2011 833 103 130 123 -
2010 982 126 155 152 -
2009 870 145 128 100 -
2008 855 118 130 100 -
2007 1 185 167 152 -
2006 1 259 174 191 -
2005 1 192 181 160 -
2004 1 240 244 184 -
2003 1 205 182 203 -
2002 1 188 160 163 -
2001 1 144 139 149 -
2000 1 242 202 190 -
1999 712 94 89 80 -
1998 811 96 95 81 -
1997 840 89 106 98 -
1996 864 101 149 132 -
1995 1 220 187 178 -
1994 946 128 136 123 -
1993 116 11 11 12 -

Facts
Top Racing Wins
1999: â Shadwell Turf Mile Stakes
2000: â Hollywood Gold Cup, Del Mar Breeders' Cup Handicap
2001: â Del Mar Breeders' Cup Handicap, Del Mar Futurity, Sham Stakes, Wood Memorial Stakes
2002: â Haskell Invitational Handicap
2003: â San Diego Handicap
2004: â Del Mar Breeders' Cup Handicap, Del Mar Futurity, San Diego Handicap, Delta Jackpot Stakes, Sunshine Millions Classic, Pimlico Special
2005: â Sham Stakes, San Diego Handicap, Hawthorne Gold Cup Handicap
2006: â Del Mar Futurity, Sham Stakes, Arlington Million, C. L. Hirsch Memorial Turf Championship, Lane's End Breeders' Futurity, WinStar Derby, Las Flores Handicap
2007: â WinStar Derby, La CaÃada Stakes, San Felipe Stakes
2008: â Las Flores Handicap, Portero Grande Breeders' Cup Handicap
American Classics / Breeders' Cup wins:
Breeders' Cup Distaff (2000), Kentucky Derby (2002), Preakness Stakes (2002)
Racing Awards
ESPY Award for Best Jockey (2002)
1st Kentucky Derby 2014 - California Chrome
1st Preakness Stakes 2014 - California Chrome
1st Kentucky Derby 2015 - American Pharoah