Who is Victor Espinoza and what is his net worth 2018? The renowned jockey of American Thoroughbred horse racing star, Victor Espinoza was born on May 23, 1972. Victor natively hails from Mexico but he ventured out to compete in international platforms and brought laurels home making his brethren proud. He is known in history for being the first jockey to enter the Belmont Stakes contest getting three opportunities to win the Triple Crown. Victor finally did manage to win the honour in 2015, which was hard to pin down. He is the first Hispanic and oldest jockey to win the award.
Victor Espinoza was born to Mexican parents on a dairy farm located in Hidalgo. He comes from a large family of 12 children and is eleventh in line. Victor started riding horses when he was 15 years along with his elder brother Jose who accompanied him. He headed to Cancún where he assisted his brother as a Quarter Horse trainer. His passion for riding drove him to drive a bus in Mexico when he was 17 years, with which he financially aided his jockey school fees. Not long after that, Victor was speeding Thoroughbreds at Mexico’s track, Hipódromo de las Amėricas.
Espinoza is still a bachelor and doesn’t have any children out of wedlock. In 2015, there were reports about the Triple Crown jockey winner being engaged to Stephanie Kunkel. He brought her fiancee to the ESPYs but he has a reputation of hanging out with many long-legged girlfriends. Other than that, he is one of those benevolent rich men who donate his earnings to charity. City of Hope which supports pediatric cancer research receives ten percent of his winnings. When he won the Triple Crown, he made an announcement that he will donate 100% of his earnings from Belmont Stakes to the pediatric research center. Victor Espinoza does have a big heart.
Career: When he first stepped foot in the land of America in 1990, he couldn’t communicate in English. In 1992, Espinoza moved to Northern California and two years later he was the top apprentice rider at the Golden Gate Fields and Bat Meadows racetracks. Since he wasn’t financially stable, Victor stayed in a tack room of one of the stables but he was determined to rise from there.
The year 2000 was a turning point in his career. He won the breeders’ Cup Distaff trophy abroad Spain. In 2001, he was seen riding his first Kentucky Debry and came up to third on Congress. In 2002, he won two trophies including the Preakness Stakes atop War Emblem and the Kentucky Debry. As he amassed many awards, his net worth kept mounting and he was recorded as the third richest jockey twice between 2000 and 2006.
Victor’s career like all other athletes wasn’t a smooth ride. He needed a refocusing in his career and in January 2013, he went ahead to hire a new agent. This move helped him in securing his 3000th win on 21 May 2013. He was in California that time racing at Betfair Hollywood Park in Inglewood. The following year in 2014, he won the Kentucky Debry and Preakness Stakes. Victor moved to Britain in 2014 and won Windsor Castle Stakes.
Victor Espinoza Net Worth
Owing to the success rate in his career, the Mexican American horse jockey’s net worth is estimated $5.2 million. Starting off as an assistant Quarter Horse Trainer when he was 17 and driving buses to pay for his horse school fees, the career was driven and the passionate jockey has come a long way. In the year 2014, Victor was included in the Top Eight National Earnings List for jockey players.
Victor Espinoza’s story can be aptly titled ‘From Rags To Riches.’ A jockey who lodged in a stable’s tack room and drove buses to pay for his horse school fees is currently worth $5.2 million US dollars. And all those money didn’t come easily. Victor has put his career first above all and had followed his passion relentlessly. He has also made wise choices and smart moves in his career timely and that is well reflected in his success and wins. He is someone you can look up to if you are in need of inspiration.