By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher
Hall of Fame jockey Victor Espinoza was injured on Sunday at Del Mar race track. The horse he was jockeying collapsed during practice, before dying.
Bobby Abu Dhabi reportedly suffered a fatal heart attack during the training. As Dhabi was experiencing the heart attack, Espinoza was thrown to the ground.
He then laid motionless on the ground for several minutes. Medical attention came to his aid, then put a brace on his neck.
Espinoza was taken to a nearby hospital. According to his agent Brian Beach, the 46-year-old suffered a fractured vertebra in his neck, along with a “stinger” in his left shoulder and arm.
Beach said that Espinoza will be at the hospital overnight. He is expected to make a full recovery.
Dhabi, a four-year-old horse, was training, according to reports, for next Saturday’s Bing Crosby Stakes.
He has the Triple Crown under his belt, as he was the jockey for American Pharoah in 2015. Besides winning the Kentucky Derby, Preakness Stakes, and Belmont Stakes, he has three career wins at the Kentucky Derby and the Preakness Stakes.
Espinoza — who won the ESPY Award for Best Jockey three-times — has ridden War Emblem, Peace Rules, Behaving Badly, California Chrome, Congaree Declan’s Moon, The Tin Man, American Pharoah, Bob and John, Secret Circle, Take Charge Brandi, Stellar Wind, Gormley, Bolt d’Oro. He also won the George Woolf Memorial Jockey Award in 2016.
He also won the Breeders’ Cup Distaff in 2000, as well as the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies in 2014. In 2015, he won the Breeders’ Cup Classic.
He won the Dubai Golden Shaheen in 2015. Espinoza won the Windsor Castle Stakes in 2014 in the United Kingdom. He also won the Dubai World Cup in 2016.