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Victor Espinoza has a cause beyond riding California Chrome to victory
Victor Espinoza has a cause beyond riding California Chrome to victory

There we were, in a press conference, chronicling normal euphoria and gathering normal quotes from the winners of the Kentucky Derby, when the story took a 90-degree turn. Victor Espinoza was fighting back tears. And they weren't tears of joy. Until a week or so ago, horse racing knew Espinoza solely as one of the elite jockeys of the sport. He was good enough to win the first two legs of the Triple Crown in 2002 and good enough to ride California Chrome to a Kentucky Derby victory on May 3. He is usually among the top 20 jockeys nationally in winnings each year. Now the sport may start measuring this 5-foot-1 112-pounder in a slightly different way. By the size of his heart. It...

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