Well, more relaxed than last year.
Espinoza said Wednesday that he was wracked with nerves as he waited to hear California Chrome’s name and starting position.
“Everbody’s name except my horse’s name was called and it’s, like, ‘When is it going to happen?’” Espinoza said outside trainer Bob Baffert’s barn at Churchill Downs. “Oh, my God, my stomach. It was just cramping up.”
Last year, Vicar’s in Trouble drew the first position on the first draw, but it wasn’t until Harry’s Holiday got the No. 2 post that Espinoza said, “I started to loosen up a little bit.”
Espinoza said he would not be as nervous at today’s draw.
“This year it doesn’t matter to me or to [American Pharoah],’’ he said. “Any post is good.”