June 9, 2015

American Pharoah Jockey Victor Espinoza is Donating All His Prize Money To Cancer Research

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Heart of a champion.

The jockey that rode American Pharoah to the first Triple Crown since Affirmed did so in 1978 is much cooler than the 37-year-old record.

The jockey is Victor Espinoza, who was led by trainer Bob Baffert will be doing the same with the prize money after the Belmont Stakes. The Baffert family is donating $50,000 to both the Permanently Disabled Jockeys Fund and the California Retirement Management Account. Espinoza will donate his $80,000 prize money to a California-based cancer research center, according to reports.

“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.”

This is the real Triple Crown, donating to three charities.

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