Three days after telling the Paulick Report he was contemplating retirement at year’s end, Triple Crown-winning jockey Victor Espinoza emphasized to the Santa Anita Park publicity department that he isn’t leaving the sport just yet.
Agent Brian Beach echoed Espinoza’s comments to the Paulick Report detailing the hectic nature of the rider’s life since becoming the first winner of the Triple Crown in 37 years.
“People have to understand that after a grueling last six months and actually, the last two years, it takes a mental toll and it wears you down,” Beach told Santa Anita officials. “He’s not ready to retire.”
Beach noted that Espinoza is “as hungry as ever” and was back to his regular schedule working horses just after returning from London, where he was on hand to see American Pharoah awarded the title of Longines World’s Best Racehorse for 2015. Espinoza had indicated at the event that he was considering hanging up his tack at the end of his sponsorship deal with Monster energy drink, depending upon how this year’s racing season goes.
Espinoza will be likely be on the road again in a few weeks’ time to pilot 2014 Kentucky Derby/Preakness winner California Chrome in a prep race for the Dubai World Cup.