$600 in Bonus Bets
Get your first bet matched with up to $600 in bonuses*
$500 Bonus Bet
Sign-up, deposit $500 & receive $500 in bonus bets. That's $1000 to bet with!*
$500 Matched Deposit
Sign-up and get your first deposit matched with up to $500 in bonus bets*
Deposit $250, Bet with $550
Sign-up, deposit $250 & receive $300 in bonus bets. That's $550 to bet with!*
*Conditions Apply. Excl VIC, NSW, SA & WA. Gamble Responsibly

Victor Espinoza will donate his Belmont Stakes winnings to City of Hope in Duarte, California, a cancer research and treatment centre.

He’ll keep something much more valuable: a place in history.

As the jockey of American Pharoah, the first Triple Crown winner since Affirmed in 1978, Espinoza called it “the best feeling I ever had,” when the colt was only through the first turn.

A tad slow out of the gate in the Belmont Stakes, the Kentucky Derby and Preakness winner seemed to glide to the lead in just two strides.

In his third Triple Crown try on Saturday (Sunday AEST), Espinoza was on the best horse and never had reason to doubt it.

“It’s just an amazing feeling that you have when it’s 20 yards out of the wire and you’re three or four lengths in front,” Espinoza said.

He rode War Emblem, also trained by Bob Baffert, to eighth in 2002 and California Chrome a year ago for fourth as both colts tried to win the final Triple Crown leg.

“Two times, I feel like a loser,” Espinoza said.

But this time around, everything felt right even before the race.

“Warming up he was just class,” Espinoza said.

“He walked into the gate, amazing. “He was ready today.”

Espinoza grew up as one of 12 children on a farm outside Mexico City where he once worked as a bus driver.

He first started winning at Mexico City’s Hippodromo de las Americas and moved to Northern California in the early 1990s and then to Los Angeles where his career really got going in 2000.

Espinoza appeared on the National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame’s ballot for the first time this year but didn’t get in.

Now he owns the title of Triple Crown winner with many more honours sure to come.

 
Deposit $50, Bet with $250
Sign-up, deposit $50 & receive $200 in bonus bets. That's $250 to bet with!*
*Conditions Apply. Excl VIC, NSW, SA & WA. Gamble Responsibly
  • DEPOSIT $500
    start betting
    with
    $1000*
    CLAIM NOW
  • first bet
    matched
    up to
    $600*
    CLAIM NOW
  • DEPOSIT $50
    start betting
    with
    $200*
    CLAIM NOW
  • DEPOSIT $250
    start betting
    with
    $550*
    CLAIM NOW
*Conditions Apply. Excl VIC, NSW, SA & WA. Gamble Responsibly
Featured News

Over $5,000 in Bonus Free Bets

Just Horse Racing provides readers with the best Free Bet offers available at every online bookmaker in Australia during the...

Champion stallion dies after breaking leg

At the height of his powers and with a full book of mares to cover this spring, Hinchinbrook has died...

Amazing win as jockey loses irons mid race

One of the more amazing wins you will see happened at Cowra after jockey Akira Kajiya lost his irons mid...

US Navy Flag secures slot for The Everest

US Navy Flag has won the July Cup at Newmarket to confirm a trip to Australia to contest the $13...

Naturalism dies aged 29

Top-class racehorse and stallion Naturalism has died at Meringo Stud on the NSW south coast aged 29. “He retired from...

 
 
 
Copyright © 2018 Just Horse Racing.
All rights reserved - Privacy Policy

Gamble Responsibly 18+
*State exclusions apply to some offers. Please check T&Cs of each offer with the bookmaker. All Offers Exclude NSW residents.