American Pharoah Jockey Donates Winnings to Cancer Research

Victor Espinoza on American Pharoah after winning the Triple Crown
Julio Cortez, AP

American Pharoah raced into history Saturday, becoming the first horse in 37 years to take the Triple Crown as he won the Belmont Stakes. The 3-year-old horse’s owner is deciding what’s next for him, and considering having him continue racing. “It is my genuine desire, as someone who loves horses, as a fan, to race him as long as I possibly could,” said owner Ahmed Zayat. “At least — at least — until he finishes as a 3-year-old. I take this very responsibly. I think it’s a huge, huge honor and privilege, and we owe it to the sport to do the right thing.” Meanwhile, jockey Victor Espinoza, who’d come close to winning the Triple Crown in the past, said he’d donate all of his Belmont winnings to City of Hope, a cancer research and treatment facility in California. “At the wire I was like, 'I cannot believe I did it,'" Espinoza said. "I (won) the Triple Crown race now, but I didn't make any money, because I donated my money to the City of Hope." — Read it at SB Nation


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