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May 7, 2003 | BOB MIESZERSKI
The hottest jockey of the Hollywood Park meet will have six chances to pad his lead in the standings today. Victor Espinoza, who has won 15 races, six more than Alex Solis, will ride Cleartalker in the first, Shining Nuggets in the second, Skywalker Red in the third, Motto in the fifth, Ivory Tower in the seventh and Patriot Dream in the eighth. Cleartalker and Patriot Dream are 2-year-old sons of Swiss Yodeler trained by Mike Harrington.
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December 23, 2007 | Bob Mieszerski, Times Staff Writer
What had been a forgettable Hollywood Park meet for jockey Victor Espinoza improved on the final day. Normally at or near the top of the rider standings for a number of years on the local circuit, Espinoza won at about a 5% clip during the 32-day season but wrapped things up with a lucrative prize. Espinoza teamed with 13-1 shot Into Mischief to win the $750,000 Hollywood CashCall Futurity on Saturday, defeating 2-1 favorite Colonel John and 10 other 2-year-olds in the Grade I.
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May 11, 2006 | BOB MIESZERSKI
After the first 11 days of the spring-summer meet at Hollywood Park, Victor Espinoza sits atop the jockey standings. Entering today's program, Espinoza has 13 winners, five more than runner-up David Cohen. Trying to extend his lead, Espinoza has three mounts on today's card and his best chance to win might come in the day's first race. Zappa, a 4-year-old Afternoon Deelites gelding, will be the rider's companion in the opener, a $62,500 maiden claimer at 1 1/16 miles.
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May 6, 2007 | Bob Mieszerski, Times Staff Writer
Cobalt Blue's defection from the Kentucky Derby turned out to be a blessing for jockey Victor Espinoza. Rather than riding a longshot who almost certainly would have been among the also-rans at Churchill Downs on Saturday, Espinoza remained at Hollywood Park and won twice, including the $150,000 Mervyn LeRoy Handicap with 13-10 favorite Molengao.
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December 13, 2002 | BOB MIESZERSKI
Even though he trails Laffit Pincay, Jr. and Alex Solis in the jockey standings at Hollywood Park, Victor Espinoza has to be considered the favorite to win the title. With eight racing days remaining before the scene shifts back to Santa Anita, Espinoza has 26 winners, three less than Pincay and one fewer than Solis, but both of those riders will be absent in the coming days.
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May 7, 2000 | BOB MIESZERSKI, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Unable to come close in the Kentucky Derby with Captain Steve, trainer Bob Baffert got some consolation Saturday at Hollywood Park. At the same time, a great day got even better for jockey Victor Espinoza. Purely Cozzene, the 6-5 favorite trained by Baffert for owners Ed and Natalie Friendly, won the $100,000 Will Rogers Handicap at Hollywood Park, giving Espinoza his fourth winner on the card.
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July 12, 2000 | BILL CHRISTINE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The power elite among jockeys at Hollywood Park and Santa Anita is a tight club. Since 1970, only 11 riders have won titles in the long-running major meets at those tracks. That's 61 titles, and even the casual fan could name most of the jockeys who won them. You start with Laffit Pincay and his 25 titles--and work down.
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May 6, 2007 | Bob Mieszerski, Times Staff Writer
Cobalt Blue's defection from the Kentucky Derby turned out to be a blessing for jockey Victor Espinoza. Rather than riding a longshot who almost certainly would have been among the also-rans at Churchill Downs on Saturday, Espinoza remained at Hollywood Park and won twice, including the $150,000 Mervyn LeRoy Handicap with 13-10 favorite Molengao.
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August 3, 2006 | BOB MIESZERSKI
After 13 days of the meet at Del Mar, Victor Espinoza is atop the jockey standings, which is where he was when Hollywood Park ended its spring-summer season on July 16. Espinoza, who has 17 winners, three more than runner-up Alex Solis, has mounts in five of the eight races today and all look to be contenders.
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May 6, 2002 | BOB MIESZERSKI, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Although the stage and the stakes were a lot smaller and the margin of victory was a lot closer, jockey Victor Espinoza struck again with a front-running longshot in his return to California. A day after his wire-to-wire shocker aboard War Emblem in the Kentucky Derby, the red-hot rider and Night Patrol, an 8-1 outsider, led all the way in winning the $109,700 Inglewood Handicap on Sunday at Hollywood Park.
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September 5, 2006 | Bob Mieszerski, Times Staff Writer
Nobody is sorrier to see the end of Del Mar than Victor Espinoza. The jockey, who long ago wrapped up the riding title, won all three stakes races on the penultimate day of the meet Monday, but there was much more to his afternoon. He won seven races in all, something no other rider had ever done at the seaside track. Besides breaking one record, Espinoza, 34, matched another.
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August 3, 2006 | BOB MIESZERSKI
After 13 days of the meet at Del Mar, Victor Espinoza is atop the jockey standings, which is where he was when Hollywood Park ended its spring-summer season on July 16. Espinoza, who has 17 winners, three more than runner-up Alex Solis, has mounts in five of the eight races today and all look to be contenders.
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May 11, 2006 | BOB MIESZERSKI
After the first 11 days of the spring-summer meet at Hollywood Park, Victor Espinoza sits atop the jockey standings. Entering today's program, Espinoza has 13 winners, five more than runner-up David Cohen. Trying to extend his lead, Espinoza has three mounts on today's card and his best chance to win might come in the day's first race. Zappa, a 4-year-old Afternoon Deelites gelding, will be the rider's companion in the opener, a $62,500 maiden claimer at 1 1/16 miles.
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November 28, 2005 | Bob Mieszerski, Times Staff Writer
For the second day in a row, jockey Victor Espinoza won the main event at Hollywood Park. This time around, however, it counted. Deprived of an easy victory on a questionable stewards' decision when Bob And John was disqualified in the $100,000 Real Quiet on Saturday, Espinoza didn't have to sweat anything out on Sunday.
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May 16, 2005 | Bob Mieszerski, Times Staff Writer
Like all but 20 other jockeys, Victor Espinoza watched the Kentucky Derby on television nine days ago. A couple of months ago, the Hollywood Park jockey's room was the last place Espinoza thought he would be sitting on the first Saturday of May. A wire-to-wire winner on 20-1 shot War Emblem in 2002 with only his second Kentucky Derby mount, Espinoza was sitting pretty for 2005.
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May 18, 2003 | Bob Mieszerski, Times Staff Writer
Able to pick between the two betting favorites in the $113,500 Senorita Stakes on Saturday at Hollywood Park, jockey Victor Espinoza made the right choice. Reunited with Makeup Artist after a one-race absence, Espinoza directed the even-money choice to a 1 1/2-length victory over 5-1 third choice Rutters Renegade in 1:36.54 for the mile on turf. Major Idea, the 5-2 second choice and a filly Espinoza had ridden in eight of her nine starts, finished fourth, three lengths behind the winner.
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September 5, 2006 | Bob Mieszerski, Times Staff Writer
Nobody is sorrier to see the end of Del Mar than Victor Espinoza. The jockey, who long ago wrapped up the riding title, won all three stakes races on the penultimate day of the meet Monday, but there was much more to his afternoon. He won seven races in all, something no other rider had ever done at the seaside track. Besides breaking one record, Espinoza, 34, matched another.
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May 18, 2003 | Bob Mieszerski, Times Staff Writer
Able to pick between the two betting favorites in the $113,500 Senorita Stakes on Saturday at Hollywood Park, jockey Victor Espinoza made the right choice. Reunited with Makeup Artist after a one-race absence, Espinoza directed the even-money choice to a 1 1/2-length victory over 5-1 third choice Rutters Renegade in 1:36.54 for the mile on turf. Major Idea, the 5-2 second choice and a filly Espinoza had ridden in eight of her nine starts, finished fourth, three lengths behind the winner.
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May 7, 2003 | BOB MIESZERSKI
The hottest jockey of the Hollywood Park meet will have six chances to pad his lead in the standings today. Victor Espinoza, who has won 15 races, six more than Alex Solis, will ride Cleartalker in the first, Shining Nuggets in the second, Skywalker Red in the third, Motto in the fifth, Ivory Tower in the seventh and Patriot Dream in the eighth. Cleartalker and Patriot Dream are 2-year-old sons of Swiss Yodeler trained by Mike Harrington.
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December 13, 2002 | BOB MIESZERSKI
Even though he trails Laffit Pincay, Jr. and Alex Solis in the jockey standings at Hollywood Park, Victor Espinoza has to be considered the favorite to win the title. With eight racing days remaining before the scene shifts back to Santa Anita, Espinoza has 26 winners, three less than Pincay and one fewer than Solis, but both of those riders will be absent in the coming days.
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