Victor Espinoza rides 3,000th career winner
INGLEWOOD, Calif. (AP)
Jockey Victor Espinoza has earned his 3,000th career victory aboard Flashy Delight in the fourth race at Betfair Hollywood Park.
They crossed the finish line 8 lengths in front Friday.
Espinoza reached the milestone nearly 21 years after he won his first race at Hipodromo De Las Americas in his hometown of Mexico City. The 41-year-old jockey is 12th on Betfair Hollywood Park's career list with 928 victories.
''It was kind of an exciting feeling coming down the stretch, like, `Now I did it, 3,000 finally,''' Espinoza said. ''Some days you come and feel you have a good chance to win and the horses don't run. But the last sixteenth of a mile I thought, `Now, it's done,' so I can have fun.'''
Espinoza was the second jockey to collect his 3,000th win at the spring-summer meet. Rafael Bejarano reached the milestone on May 11.