Triple Crown-Winning Jockey Donates Prize Money to Cancer Research Center

Jun 10, 2015 at 12:23 pm |

Jockey Victor Espinoza to Donate Belmont Winnings to Cancer Research Center

Victor Espinoza Triple Crown Winner

(Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)


Now that you’ve won the Triple Crown, Mr. Espinoza, what’s next? Disneyland?

The Mexican racehorse jockey responsible for leading sporting hero American Pharoah to the highly coveted Triple Crown plans on doing something a little more philanthropic with his earnings. Victor Espinoza intends on giving his entire earnings from the Belmont Stakes, the third and final victory required for the Triple Crown, to City of Hope, a cancer research center.

“At the wire I was like, ‘I cannot believe I did it,’”announced Espinoza after the race. “I won the Triple Crown right now but I don’t make any money because I’m donating all the money to the City of Hope.”

The donation was news to City of Hope, however,because  the jockey has often donated portions of his winnings to the California-based cancer research and treatment center in the past. But now that he’s made history, he’s taking things to the next level.

City of Hope wrote in an official statement:

“City of Hope is deeply grateful for the support of Victor Espinoza and for his continuing efforts to raise awareness of our groundbreaking scientific research and our lifesaving, patient-focused care. We are extremely pleased to be able to congratulate him and American Pharaoh for their remarkable accomplishment in winning the Triple Crown.”



Victor Espinoza is celebrating his victory in the coolest way possible.