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It's more than a race to Victor Espinoza
It's more than a race to Victor Espinoza

LOUISVILLE, Ky. — The aftermath of California Chrome's stirring victory should have brought nothing but joy to the pilot of the ship, jockey Victor Espinoza. He had, after all, won his second Kentucky Derby. His first was aboard War Emblem in 2002. He also had another shot at the Triple Crown, something that eluded him at the Belmont in 2002, when War Emblem stumbled coming out of the gate and finished out of the money. But, while Espinoza was thrilled with his ride on California Chrome and excited about the days ahead, he uncharacteristically changed the subject to what this victory really meant to him. He said he had visited the children's cancer ward at City of...

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