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Jockey Victor Espinoza to Speak Following Del Mar Training Incident

Hall of Fame jockey Victor Espinoza was expected to speak Thursday on his recovery after a devastating fall that fatally injured the horse he was riding.

Espinoza, 46, suffered a fractured vertebra in his neck on July 19 while riding Bobby Abu Dhabi during morning workouts at the Del Mar Thoroughbred Club.

Track officials said the horse collapsed and Espinoza was thrown off.

Bobby Abu Dhabi, a 4-year-old horse, died.

Espinoza rode American Pharoah to capture the Triple Crown in 2015. Two years later, he was inducted in the National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame.

His career, which began in 1992 in Mexico City, has resulted in more than 3,300 wins. 

He’s one of only 10 jockeys with three or more Kentucky Derby victories and one of eight to win the Preakness at least three times, according to the Hall of Fame.

Espinoza will miss the rest of the Del Mar season that ends Sept. 3.

Source: NBC San Diego

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