Who doesn’t love Victor Espinoza’s journey with American pharoah or his unbelievable escape California Chrome . Most casual observers don’t learn their story until they’ve won the important race 2 years old, or even then, after they’ve made their mark on the Derby trail.
Espinoza will tell you his path to Triple Crown, as was the case with American Pharoah or his Kentucky Derby victory over California Chrome, starting long before the two senior superstars hit the streets. race.
“That’s my goal in life,” says Espinoza. “Find the right kids. It seems like I’m working quite a bit.”
Owned by CRK Stable, Justique purchased $725,000 worth of Mayberry Ranch from Glennwood Ranch consignment at the 2021 Keeneland Sale in September. She is a sister to the multi-stakes winner. classification Mo town .
That’s what Espinoza does in the morning. He’s like a scout in the back, looking for that diamond in the rough, visiting trainers like Michael McCarthy or John Shirreffs, asking about their promising 2-year-olds and offers for Borrow his years of experience on beginners for the first time.
“I’m really looking forward to having a good meeting with those people,” Espinoza said. “It’s the future, the kids… the 2-year-olds, they’re the future. You start early with the 2-year-olds, start working and look to the future. That’s the way it is. my entire career.”
It worked in 2013 when Victor climbed the little-known Lucky Pulpit colt horse in King Glorious Stakes at Hollywood Park. Six months later, California Chrome has won six in a row including the Kentucky Derby (G1) and Preakness Stakes (G1).
Fast-forward a few months to September 2014 and there’s Espinoza on board another promising 2-year-old, winning Del Mar Futurity (G1). The American Pharoah and Victor Espinoza together went on to win eight in a row over the next 11 months, including their first Triple Crown championship in 37 years.
Espinoza is live now. Justique is the daughter of a Triple Crown winner Evenly out of the mare Bernardini, Grazie Mille.
“She runs like a pro,” says Espinoza. “Not too many 2-year-olds do that. I’m so proud of her… the way she runs.”
Entering the third week of the Del Mar summer meeting, Espinoza has three wins and two seconds out of 19 starts and is eighth in the equestrian standings.
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