Triple Crown-winning jockey Victor Espinoza has returned to riding at Santa Anita after a whirlwind of appearances since winning the Belmont Stakes aboard American Pharoah to complete the sport’s first Triple Crown victory since 1978.
Triple Crown hero American Pharoah is set to return home to Santa Anita nearly two weeks after achieving racing history.
Kentucky Derby and Preakness winner California Chrome won the $300,000 Hollywood Derby by two lengths in his turf debut at Del Mar on Saturday, strengthening his bid to earn Horse of the Year honors.
California Chrome has run away from the competition in five consecutive victories, winning by an average of over five lengths.
Kentucky Derby winner California Chrome has been made the heavy 3-5 favorite for the Preakness Stakes, and he drew a favorable post position in the 10-horse field.
The only time Victor Espinoza won the Kentucky Derby was aboard War Emblem in 2002. They broke from the No. 5 post, the same position he’ll start the 140th edition of the race with early 5-2 favorite California Chrome.
California Chrome romped to a 5 1/4-length victory in the $1 million Santa Anita Derby, stamping him as a strong favorite heading into next month’s Kentucky Derby.
A 56-year-old man, accused of grabbing a 10-year-old boy and sniffing his armpit, was sentenced to 32 months in prison Thursday after pleading guilty.
A 425-pound gang member arrested for allegedly trying to kidnap a 10-year-old boy who was on his way to soccer practice was charged Wednesday with false imprisonment.