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Victor Espinoza Resumes At Santa Anita

Veteran Hall of Fame jockey Victor Espinoza is scheduled to return to race riding at Santa Anita Park on February 18 after a seven months absence recovering from injuries.

Victor Espinoza Resumes At Santa Anita

Veteran Hall of Fame jockey Victor Espinoza is scheduled to return to race riding at Santa Anita Park on February 18 after a seven months absence recovering from injuries.

Victor Espinoza
Victor Espinoza Picture:(Photo by Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images)

Espinoza, a three-time Kentucky Derby winner, was sidelined with a fractured vertebra in his neck after he fell from a fatally injured horse during trackwork at Del Mar on July 22.

The 46-year-old jockey feared his career was over after the fall.


"At first I thought I was done," said Espinoza, who lost feeling in his left arm and required 24-hour assistance with his daily requirements.

"My health has to come first and I was thinking what am I going to do with my life?

“But about three months ago I started feeling better and I felt like I could make it back.

“I'm ready. I'm 100% and I can come back and do my job.

"I'm excited to get back to my routine and to feel like I have a real job again."

Espinoiza, who his three Kentucky Derbys on War Emblem (2002), California Chrome (2014) and American Pharoah (2015) – is back riding work daily at Santa Anita.

"You have to work hard and show people you are 100% to get their confidence,” he said.

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